>> Saturday, December 15, 2012
Yes, all, I am in fact still alive. I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted! In October, my job got absolutely nutty when I started working on a huge, new complex case. I love being busy at work, and I am enjoying the crazy new case all the travel it's requiring, and all the other ordinary environmental legal work that has suddenly cropped up. Unfortunately, there's a downside to long hours at work: everything else in my life suffers a bit.
I went from mid-October to mid-December without so much as picking up my camera. I still have a bunch of autumn Adirondack photos from October that I haven't even edited yet. (It doesn't help that our old computer needs replacement and is not properly running the Picasa program I use for editing). My house is a wreck, and I am in the midst of the annual end-of-the-year-way-too-much-to-do rush. Gah! It's stressful.
BUT. I am grateful to a former colleague and camera enthusiast friend of mine for his nudge in the direction of my camera this week. I posted a comment on Facebook about seeing one of the Geminid meteors while I was taking the dogs out, and he immediately challenged me to a duel of the cameras: which of us could take a better photo of the meteors?
Tired though I was, and despite the long to-do list for the evening, I donned my warmest winter gear and headed out up the road for a quiet dark spot along the Erie Canal to do some night photography. It was lovely and peaceful out there, despite the near heart attack a wandering coyote gave me at one point. I saw dozens and dozens of meteors, some incredibly bright, and sometimes more than one blazing meteor at a time. All my stress seemed to melt away as I stood there in awe of the stars.
Unfortunately, I am no good at night photography. I have to do a lot more of it it seems, so I get the hang of all the settings. Most of my photos had so much noise in them that they were useless. I did, however, get one shot I liked. And since my friend's and my photography contest only required entry of one shot, I guess I did alright! Incidentally, I believe the brightness on the horizon in this shot is actually light pollution from the City of Syracuse, some 20+ miles away.
It was a lovely silent night for me. Hopefully I'll make time for more such nights in the near future. And I hope you all are making time for moments of frosty peace, too.