Effort Sweetens the Reward

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”–FDR

I’m not sure Franklin Roosevelt had long exposure photography in mind when he wrote those words but he could have! Continue reading “Effort Sweetens the Reward”


Carolina Balloonfest

Just over two weeks ago Sue and I visited the Carolina Balloonfest held each October in Statesville, NC. We have been before but our last visit was some three years ago. This year was particularly notable because of the excellent weather we had throughout the three days of the Festival. Continue reading “Carolina Balloonfest”

Finding and Photographing the International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a modern engineering marvel. The first component was launched in 1998 and it has been continuously inhabited for over 16 years. Traveling in orbit over 250 miles in altitude it circles the Earth in just over 90 minutes and is the size of a football field. It is currently the third brightest object in the night sky behind the moon and Venus. Photographing the station isn’t hard but it requires a little forethought and planning. Continue reading “Finding and Photographing the International Space Station”

Wearing Blinders

On occasion horses are required to wear blinders. Many racehorse trainers believe these keep horses focused on what is in front, encouraging them to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as crowds. Additionally, blinders are commonly seen on driving horses, to keep them from being distracted or spooked, especially on crowded city streets. Continue reading “Wearing Blinders”