Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Saturday Morning Street Shots

I had a couple of things to do in Charleston Saturday morning, so while I was there I took a nice walk around downtown.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tuesday Morning

One of the most dramatic sunrises I've seen.  I was at work with only my 35mm lens for my Fuji x-e2 and I was so struck by the awesomeness that I didn't think about going up on the roof of the fire station until it was over.  Booo!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday Evening Rainbow

We saw five rainbows yesterday evening  and I saw one the day before.  All doubles!  The other one in this photo is barely visible.  It's to the left of the bright one.   The last one we saw was "full on across the sky.  Whoa!!!"  I wish I would've been able to get a photo of that one.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Capitol Market

Some color from the farmers market at Capitol Market this afternoon.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


A C-130 soars over Appalachian Power Park this morning.  I like being downtown when they take off from the airport and fly over the city.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Milky Way As Seen From Beauty Mountain

Kim and Molly asked me the other day what I wanted for my birthday.  I said I wanted to go rock climbing, go out to eat and go somewhere and get some star trail photos.  So Friday we headed up to the New River and climbed around the Junkyard Wall area for about four hours, then went to eat.  Nothing fancy, just the DQ in Fayetteville, but it was gooood.  Then we headed out to Beauty Mountain to watch the sunset and wait for the stars to come out.

Before I set my camera to start making the photos that would make up my star trail photo (I'll post it tomorrow) I made some photos showing the Milky Way.  This is my favorite.  I wish there was less light pollution in the area, but I like how it turned out anyway.

Ever since I was a little boy I've loved looking up at the night sky.  Even today, as soon as I walk outside at night my head automatically turns up to the heavens.

I did some research on the size of our Milky Way and here are some of the basics about it.  The Milky way is 100,000 light years across (light travels 5.88 trillion miles in a year).  In comparison to the Milky Way, our solar system with it's eight planets and sun would be the size of a quarter laid somewhere on the North American continent.  Amazing!

The closest star that we can see with the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere is Sirius.  It's just one of the 100's of billions of stars that make up the Milky Way.  Sirius is almost twice the size of the Sun and it’s the brightest star in the sky.  It's 8.6 light-years away! 

Click here and here to watch a couple of videos of Louie Giglio describing the awesomeness of our universe.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

R J Reynolds Mural

This is part of a mural in the lobby / 1st floor of the R. J. Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem.  I made this photo through a window.  It would be cool to get inside and be able to photograph the whole thing.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brunswick River

A big thunderstorm had just passed through Brunswick before I made this photo.  The plant is Georgia-Pacific Cellulose.  One of our cousins works there.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014