Night sky photo outing

Night sky photo outing

Our new (or fairly new) local photo group spent the night photographing the stars.  Mike Adkins gave us a nice program earlier in the month and so armed with that knowledge, we found a hilltop and gave it a try. Took a lot of experimentation but I think everyone came away with some nice photographs and newfound knowledge.  Plus had a great time.  It was the best middle-of-the-night picnic I think I ever had.  The barred owls and pack of coyotes topped off the background music!

 

See the light

See the light

"There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though
nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything
is a miracle."

Albert Einstein

 

3 Bridges Trail at Carter Caves

3 Bridges Trail at Carter Caves

For my first day off in a long time, I was happy to see some nice weather develop.  We headed out to Grayson, Kentucky for a very nice Mexican lunch and then on to Carter Caves to hike off all those calories.  You know the saying, there’s lots of undiscovered gems right in your own backyard.  Even though we frequent Carter Caves during every month of the year, we have failed to fully hike the whole loop of the 3.5 mile foot path called The 3 Bridges Trail. It didn’t take long before I knew it was my favorite.  During the hike, we ran across Gerry from Explore Kentucky who was checking out the rock climbing area.    It was a very nice day.

 

 

Red leaf beside trail

Red leaf beside trail

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Greenup County, Kentucky

I found this leaf while biking the other day, I’m adding up a nice collection of upside down leaves.  Here is a nice quote from a recent Peta Pixel article:

 “To know ahead of time what you’re looking for
means you’re then only photographing your own
preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”

Dorothea Lange

Leaves at Carter Caves

Leaves at Carter Caves

We recently drove to Carter Caves to have their wonderful catfish sandwich.  The day was rainy and dull, which happens to be the type of day that we sometimes take great joy in because the parks are often deserted, or nearly so.  The feeling of natural solitude is sometimes priceless.  On this day, however, there was a wedding going on later in the day at the lodge.  We were in and out before the actual ceremony was anywhere close to occurring but the traffic did pick up.  In between showers, I stopped and tried to find some interesting leaves to add to the photo collection.  This one was interesting to me because of the lines and patterns, unfortunately I had thought a narrow depth of field would set it off but in retrospect, I needed F5.6 or perhaps F8 to make it strikingly sharp.