Somewhere in South Dakota…

The Drive Home…

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Sometimes, when you have hours and hours to drive solo, you just need to take breaks, and give yourself things to look forward to. Even with a metric crapload of music, podcasts and audiobooks at my disposal, it’s still nice to get out of the car once in a while. I’ll usually stop every couple hours to stretch, walk a bit, get a drink, or use the restroom. On the drive back from Montana, I knew I’d be driving through some pretty desolate areas during a new moon, which is great for us city folk who can’t get enough of the night sky. I kept one eye on the road, and one eye on the sky. As the sun went down, and the temperature dropped, I waited for the clouds to dissipate (or at least fade in my rearview mirror) to find a good spot to take a picture.

Get away from me!

I drove about 5 minutes away from I-90 to find an isolated spot to take a photo (somewhere off of the road where I wouldn’t be afraid of getting hit by a car or shot for trespassing… When you’re in the middle of nowhere, you start feeling like you’re doing something wrong, lurking with a camera in the dark). I threw on my sweater and beanie, and grabbed the camera. When it gets this dark out, it’s really hard to compose a good shot, so you just point it in the general direction (for me, usually towards the Milky Way), set the camera manually, and keep your fingers crossed as you wait and see what pops up on your LCD. You can then recompose and take another shot, but, even then, you might not get anything better. This was actually the first shot in the series that I took, and it turned out to be the best. (Also, I didn’t run into anybody else, so I didn’t need to explain why I was peepin’ on them stars.)

Hopefully everyone made it home from Thanksgiving safely!

p.s. 2 posts in under a week? Sorry about that! I promise we’ll be return to our regularly scheduled irregularity and sparsity.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Ashland, Montana!

Happy Thanksgiving From the Top of the World!

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Which is apparently, Ashland, Montana…

This year, I am thankful to be able to spend my Thanksgiving with my brother and my oldest sister in Ashland, Montana (which is about 2 hrs away from Billings, and far away from just about anywhere else in the US).  We were looking to get out and shoot some more photos tonight, but it ended up being under cloud cover, so here I am, updating my blog.

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All Along the Water Tower…

A couple years ago, I came to visit my brother, and he took me up to this water tower during the day, and I thought it’d be a good spot to take photos. So, my brother took me back here, and we shot some photos. I set up my camera for a timelapse, which I will hopefully be sharing sometime when I get back home, but here’s one of the shots below.
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Hopefully you area all having a wonderful time with family and friends! And maybe taking some wonderful photographs!