Lunar Eclipse

This week the WordPress Weekly Photo Challange is ‘Dreamy':

“This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!” -Michelle W. for WordPress The Daily Post blog

Since a lunar eclipse looks surreal and is, of course, out of this world, I’m posting these photos as part of the ‘Dreamy’ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. 

Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

At 4 o’clock Wednesday morning, armed with my camera, tripod, curiosity, and excitement, I braved darkness, eye strain, mosquitoes, and Houston humidity to take some pictures of the lunar eclipse. The photographs above are some of my favorites. The red “blood moon” photo was taken around 5AM when the moon was almost fully eclipsed by the earth’s shadow. I zoomed out and cropped that same photo, and it’s the last of the three photos under the larger one. As you can see on that last picture, I think I need a stronger lens to get a clearer picture. I used a Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens. Also, I found myself trying different camera settings to show both the shadowed area and the unshaded area in detail, but I could only get the detail on one area at time. You can see this on the other two photos where only the unshaded area is visible. These other two photos are also zoom outs and crops of photos I took that morning. I figured zooming out and cropping the photos would show the eclipse progression more nicely. Despite the conditions, I think the pictures turned out alright for the first time photographing a lunar eclipse.

Click here for additional ‘Dreamy’ photographs by fellow bloggers.


Double Rainbow

Last week, on my way to work, I saw a rainbow. So, I decided to take out my iPhone camera and snap a picture. When I viewed the picture at work, I was surprised. What I had seen as one rainbow were two.  When I was at that intersection, I didn’t see the second.  But, somehow, the camera captured two.  Do you see the two rainbows? 

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Keep Looking Up

As I dropped off my son at school, we saw this beautiful sky.

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Wordless Sunset

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Cicada Close-Up

Here’s last week’s cicada up close and on its side.

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Cicada Stop

Today, outside my front door, this little rare cicada decided to stop at the perfect spot for a picture. I took a couple of quick snaps before it flew away. This one and another shot were my favorites. I’ll post the other one in my next post.

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Thoughtful Pay Phone

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This pay phone and signs caught my attention. Thought provoking reminders to pray, reflect, and refresh your day. It’s wonderful how the simpliest things can be full of meaning.


Falling Forward

Here are two of my favorites to inspire you today: a quote and a Calvin & Hobbes comic.  They put some optimism and humor into falling.  Falling forward doesn’t seem too bad.

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” -Victor Kiam

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Bridge

BridgeWhen we saw this huge bridge, my son, husband, and I had our jaws open in surprise.  When you enter the Hoover Dam area in Nevada, to your right, you are greeted by this giant.  You can see the little people on and next to the bridge to give you an idea of its enormity.  This second photo is a view from beside it as we drove into the Hoover Dam area and saw it for the first time.  It’s called the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and was completed in 2010.

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Between Nevada & Arizona

Hoover Dam. Between Nevada and Arizona, my family and I found the Hoover Dam. During Spring Break this year, we took a plane trip to Las Vegas, Nevada; and, from there, we took a road trip to the Grand Canyon.  The Hoover Dam was one of the sights between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

This post is my literal take on WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge. This week, the theme is “Between”.


Plane

Sometimes, I go in my backyard and take photos of planes about to land at or taking off from a nearby airport.  I don’t remember if this one was leaving or arriving, but I liked how it looked.  It’s like a metallic bird against the beautifully painted sky.  You can click on the photo for larger views.

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Split Second Story

This past Monday was Memorial Day. And on the following Tuesday, I spotted this rainbow on my way home from work after a stormy day. Notice the exit and the flag towards the end of the rainbow. I find myself often privileged to make photographic captures that I didn’t mean to capture. And at a later viewing of the photo, I find it’s filled with much more meaning. I simply meant to take a picture, with my iPhone, of an intensely vivid rainbow in front of me. I guess I can call it a split second story of the exit from a stormy day of work.

This post is my take on WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s challenge is to capture a split second story.

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