The town Christmas tree has a new location this year, and is now a live tree in front of Regis High School on Regis St. I missed the lighting ceremony a couple of weekends ago, so I’m glad I finally got a chance to get a shot of it.
This giant Christmas holiday lighted display sits in a yard on the street that runs next to the hospital. I’m honestly not sure what that street it called, because one end says it’s Pine St., and the other end says it’s Fir St. Maybe I’ll just call it Fine St. and be done with it.
That home happens to be where my favorite oak tree lives (’twas once my favorite two oak trees, but one was cut down a couple of years ago), and they’ve wrapped a bunch of lights around the tree (see below). Very pretty. The other lights in the photo below are random businesses a few blocks away.
I am very happy guest photographer Denny Barnes kicked my backside with his fantastic moon photo from the lunar eclipse two nights ago (here’s mine).
I see someone else was up in the wee hours of the morning. You did great with your eclipse shots. There is so much contrast when the moon is only partly eclipsed it hard to get both the light and dark color and I had a lot of trouble with my lens fogging over all the time. Anyway, I’ll send some shot I got.
I love that he captured several stars in the shot, too. Click on the thumbnails below to see two more shots from Denny.
I hadn’t intended to be awake during the eclipse early this morning, but for once, I was happy to wake up in the middle of the night. This is obviously not the sharpest image — I’d probably need a telescope attachment for that — but it could be worse. In fact, I’ve done worse.
I also took a picture of the full moon (click on the thumbnail at right) last night, since it was so very bright. It’s a lot sharper as a result. Both of these images are heavily cropped. It’s pretty amazing what a camera is capable of picking up of an object 238,900 miles away.
I went over to the Santiam Hospital on 10th Ave. last night to take a long exposure of the newish tower. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but never got around to it until last night. A car ended up going by when I took this shot, and I liked the streaks the lights made. It also helps cover up the wonky focus on the building… not quite sure how I messed that up, but the only thing really in focus is the upper corner.
Apparently, I attracted some attention at the hospital, since a security guard stopped by to ask what I was doing. It’s understandable that people were curious, and the guard was polite. Still, I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon to get a better shot.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes sent this to me a handful of days ago, but other things came up, so I didn’t have a chance to post this beauty until now. His description:
Did you happen to see the moon tonight (August 3rd)? With the haze we had today it made it very red. Took the dog out for her last potty run and saw how red it was so I had to grab some shots.
We have more lightning images today (see also: Denny Barnes’ images)! We had a loud thunderstorm the other night, and guest photographer Jim Mullholand caught some fantastic images. His description:
At about 11:30 Thursday night I heard some thunder so went to look outside. Too my surprise I saw alot of lightning to the southwest of Scio and it was getting closer. I grabbed my camera & tripod and went out in the backyard where I have a pretty decent view. I couldn’t believe how much lightning there was. I started shooting as many strikes as I could. Most of the shots were exposed for 15-30 seconds. It was a perfect storm to get a lot of lightning photos. A very rare display of nature’s fury over the Willamette Valley.
Let’s enjoy the rest of the images Jim sent. Thanks so much, Jim!