It is not uncommon for me to put an immediate halt to whatever I’m doing, grab my camera and bolt outside to catch a sunset. The sofa in our living room faces a western window where it’s hard to miss the warm glow illuminating the sheer curtains. There have been times, in the middle of a conversation, I’ll say, “Hold that thought. I’ll be right back.” I then dash for my camera and out the door. Thankfully my wife, Sara, is very understanding. I’m rarely out there for more than a few minutes and, when I return, life generally picks up where it left off. Sometime later, I’ll get around to reviewing the exquisite light captured from an earlier moment…and maybe post one or two.
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I’ve taken a lot of photos of the Kewaunee lighthouse, but none like this. This was a pre-sunrise shot focusing on the light of the lighthouse. The morning sky provided a dramatic background.
I have another, similar shot where the lighthouse isn’t all shadow. I’ll post it in a couple of days.
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Here’s an image from my Thanksgiving weekend. While everyone at my home is taking advantage of the holiday by sleeping in, I’m trying to capture an image worth posting on this blog.
This is a shot of the sun rising over Lake Michigan, beyond the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse. The waters were rough and the pier was wet which gave a little bit of color to the normally drab, concrete pier.
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A rising autumn sun warmly caresses the Algoma Lighthouse. As you know, this is one of my favorite photographic subjects. Located at the harbor entrance to Algoma, WI, most folks refer to it as the Algoma Lighthouse. It’s also called the Algoma Pier Light or the Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse. I don’t know that you could consider it a true “lighthouse,” as it is not a habitable structure. It is listed by the United States Coast Guard as “Algoma Light;” number 20975 on their light lists.
Here’s a little history and other details found on Wikepedia…
The lighthouse was first established in 1893 as a set of range lights. It was rebuilt in 1908 at which time it was a conical tower built of 5/16 inch steel plate, 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter at the base and 7 feet (2.1 m) in diameter at the parapet. It stood 26 feet (7.9 m) high. In 1932 it was modified again and the entire structure was raised to a height of 42 feet (13 m) by placing the older tower on a new steel base 12 feet (3.7 m) in diameter. The original lens has been replaced by a plastic lens.
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This scene reminded me of the the old adage “Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. ”
I don’t recall the weather turning bad on the day this photo was taken, but then I wasn’t sailing either. We did have overcast skies with a little drizzle.
I did a little research on the common saying and found this interesting comment on Wikipedia…
The rhyme is a rule of thumb for weather forecasting, dating back over 2,000 years, based on the reddish glow of the morning or evening sky, caused by haze or clouds related to storms in the region. Due to the rotation of the Earth, from west to east, storm systems tend to travel eastward across a local region of the globe. A reddish sunrise, caused by particles suspended in the air, often foreshadows an approaching storm, which will be arriving from the west, within the day. Conversely, a reddish sunset often indicates that a storm system is on the east side (opposite the sunset), travelling away from the viewer. A similar movement is noted all around the world, in both the northern and southern hemisphere. There are occasions where a storm system might rain itself out before reaching the observer (who had seen the morning red sky). However, for ships at sea, the wind and rough seas, from an approaching storm system, could still be a problem, even without rainfall.
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“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” – Paulo Coelho
This is another pre-sunrise view of the Algoma, Wisconsin harbor and lighthouse.
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This is one of my earliest attempts to create a panoramic image by “stitching” together several individual photos. If I remember correctly, this is a combination of five photos.
The narrow format of this blog doesn’t offer the best view of wide images. This is one you’ll want to see larger. To do so, click on the image.
To see a variety of Pops Digital panoramas, look over our Panorama Gallery.
These are Sand Hill Cranes that spent the night in the farm field across the road from our home. They are a very exotic and, unfortunately, elusive bird. I’ve not been able to get close enough to capture any decent pictures.
There were at least a dozen Sand Hill Cranes sharing the field with three or four times as many Canada Geese. I tried to slowly work my way toward them, but before I could get any worthwhile photos they took off. The only saving grace is that a few happened to fly by on their way to some other secluded spot.
Sand Hill Cranes are graceful and somewhat majestic in flight, with a wingspan of six to eight feet. They are also very noisy when flying. (They can be pretty noisy on the ground, too.) Their distinctive “call of the wild” has been described as a bugling or trumpeting sound. It’s very annoying, particularly early in the morning when you’re trying to sleep in. They can be heard long before they are seen.
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On the road between Kewaunee and Algoma, you will pass through Alaska, WI. This small spot on the map has a nine-hole golf course and two small lakes – Alaska East and West.
This is an image from Alaska West. I stopped there last Saturday on my way from Kewaunee to Algoma. The clouds were somewhat expressive and I wondered if I could get a good reflection of them on the calm lake.
I posted a nearly identical black and white photo of the same scene a couple of days ago, titled Cloudy Water. My wife and I debated over which was the better image…b&w or color. I thought I’d settled on one but, as I compare them again while creating this post, I’m not so sure.
I’d be very interested to know what you think. So, take a look at both and tell me which one would get your vote. For a good view of the b&w version click on the small image to the right. It will open a new tab in your browser with the original post. Then you can easily go back and forth between the two tabs and compare.
Tell me which you like the best in the comment box below (on the color version).
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