2016 Wrap Up

The end of the year is always so hectic, with holidays and weather pecking away at spare time. It feels like I just posted about returning to Overlook Mountain last week.. but it was in October! So, here is what I’ve been up to.

Another Maine Road Trip

In 2015 I did a solo October New England road trip, and loved every second of it. In 2016 I wanted to return to Maine and spend more time in Acadia National Park. At first, I planned on going with a friend of mine. Continue reading

Sometimes…. You Just Never Know!

Photo of a photo: Original photographer unknown (at least by me). This photo of a rocket launching behind the Canaveral Light House is displayed in the museum at the Ponce Inlet Light House.

When I was trying to figure out what today’s post should be about, I figured I’d make it a lead in to what I hope to have tomorrow. Early tomorrow morning, at 3:44 am EDT the first privately built spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station will attempt to launch. I was going to use the above photo of a photo I took 4 years ago as a clever lead in. A rocket launching behind the now defunct Canaveral Light House…. or so I thought.

This is a photo I took, with an old camera phone, of a photo that hangs in the museum at the Ponce Inlet Light House. From what I remember, under the photo was a brief story of the light house and how it fell into disrepair. I decided in order to have as accurate information as I could I would do a little research before posting. I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out that, at the time I took this photo of a photo, a restoration project was already under way! This light house, and it’s grounds are being restored… much like the Ponce Inlet Light House was. This will make 3 restored light houses with in driving distance of my home, including the St. Augustine Light House.

I still intend, to have something regarding the SpaceX Dragon launch for tomorrow, but now I need to find out if and/or how I can go explore the Canaveral Light House… more info regarding it here http://canaverallight.org/ 

Composite Shots

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I figured that while I was on the Moon kick, and I don’t currently have a camera good enough to get good pictures of it, I’d make my own cool photo! So, I took a photo of the Ponce Inlet Light House I took a couple of weeks ago and stitched it together  with a photo I grabbed of the moon about 5 years ago… technology is amazing.

The light house part of the photo was taken with my little Kodak M532 point and shoot and the Moon photo was taken with my old Kodak P850, I used the open source image editor GIMP to put them both together. A little image trickery, I know… but I am rather pleased with the end result.

Out of Focus

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The St. Augustine Light House is one of my favorite places to visit. Not only is St Augustine one of the most scenic cities it’s also the oldest, continuously inhabited city in The United States. Top that with the seemingly endless vantage points to photograph the light house from and the fact that it’s haunted and you have a winner! Of course, most people would choose to focus on the light house itself. Photo taken from Anastasia Island with a Kodak P850.

Lighthouse Crazy

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So I had the idea to take a bike ride down to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse to try and get some nice sunset photos. I wound up taking nearly 200 pictures in the roughly 2 hours I spent peddling around looking for different vantage points. This has to be  one of my favorites. This 8 second exposure captured the lighthouse drenched in its ground mounted flood lights with its lantern room glowing on top against a background of stars and planets. To the left of the lantern you can see Venus shining brightly, almost directly below, just above the horizon Saturn is setting. This was taken, surprisingly, with my Kodak M532.