Our family got a little treat this past weekend when my husband’s sister came to town.  It’s been 3 years since she and her husband moved to Texas to take on a new job.  We were excited to spend a little time with them around their camper in a beautiful state park near our home.

Of course, S’mores were called for.


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These are a bunch of grainy, low-light images, but still so fun! There is something about fall that makes sitting around the campfire so enjoyable.  The company wasn’t too shabby either. Happy Trails To You…Until We Meet Again.

Linking with Random-osity, Wednesdays Around the World, and Songography.




We played with sparklers on New Year’s Eve!

It was so much fun that it caused spontaneous levitation.

This one is my favorite.

I even got in on the action thanks to my tripod, and a hubby pushing the shutter!  It’s a New Year’s miracle!!



Supermoon 2012

The moon Saturday night was spectacular.  I missed 2011’s supermoon, so I made sure to be ready this year.  I couldn’t capture the moon on the horizon since we have a decent amount of tree coverage.  I had to wait about 2 hours for the moon to rise above the treeline.  Around 10:30, I finally could see the moon peeking above the trees.  I got a little overzealous with my tripod, and temporarily broke it trying to raise it about 15 minutes into shooting the moon.

I used my kit lens zoom which is a Nikkor 70-300mm.  I use quality primes normally, but I have not yet been able to afford a better zoom.  I was still fairly pleased with the performance of the lens in this shooting situation.

My camera settings were ISO 100, f/11, and 1/80s.  I wanted to keep the moon well lit, while keeping the sky black.  I used spot metering.

This is a straight forward shot.  I chose to use The Rule of Thirds instead of centering to create the idea of expanse…that a big sky is holding this amazing moon.   I would have loved the capability to zoom in a bit more.

In a feeble attempt at creativity (or killing time..whichever), I captured this moon as I waited for it to rise completely.

I had no choice but to center the subject to get the leaves in silhoutte.   Capturing the moon was really fun.  Seeing the details so clearly was brilliant!

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