One of the great things about living where I live is the variety throughout the year, of temperatures, seasons, colors, and fresh foods that come and go in season.
This past week? Firefly season! Driving home last night I was enjoying the amazing light show, and when I came to this field had no choice but to stop and watch in awe at the thousands and thousands of lightning bugs putting on a show for me. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did! And if you’re in the northeast, head out just after sunset tonight and watch the show.
 I mean, come on, look at it! No choice at all.
On my recent trip to California I travelled through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a couple of days, timed just right to catch the full moon rising and setting. This shot was one of a few from Font’s Point, about 5 miles east of Borrego Springs. It was an incredible experience standing there as the afternoon progressed, watching the shadows lengthen over the badlands until the sun fell behind the mountains and then watch the process in reverse as the full moon rose over the Salton Sea.
When camped in Mecca Hills, CA we spent a few days in the same location. Rather than go searching for new sites every day, new things to see, we stayed in one place and I instead explored the depth of different ways to see a place. What does looking at the same tree through different eyes, different lenses, different lights look like? What does it feel like? When I look at this shot and the many others of this place, it brings me back to being there in a way that just getting “that perfect shot” somewhere and moving on does not often convey.
Okay, it is easy to say, but I’m definitely thankful for beautiful sunsets like this one over Banyan Lake near my brother’s house in Florida. Sitting in the grass watching the sun over the lake in silence, in shorts mind you, is not a bad way to spend a Thanksgiving evening.
A fall afternoon in Connecticut, with a beautiful sunset over the Connecticut River at Middletown, CT. I look forward to coming back to this spot a few more times as the leaves continue to change over the next few weeks. Though it will be hard to top the beauty of the weather this day!
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Taken at 20.00 second at f/14, ISO 100 with a EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 88 mm
As the sun set on Wednesday evening, the sky lit up red and gold and blue. The long shadows began to engulf the shoreline parks and low buildings but the tall skyscrapers continued to reach up and hold on to the last bits of daylight. As I crouched amongst the rocks they, and I, were pounded with spray and waves from Lake Michigan.
Although people walked and watched a mere 20′ away, I was not visible tucked into the rocks as I was, and enjoyed a few minutes of quiet solitude in my own little world. Every afternoon should end this way.