There has been no visible activity on our blog since last November, as Beverly and I started looking for another house about then. The house where we were living was large (about 2900 sq. ft. ranch-style house with a 2500 sq. ft. basement on 4 acres of land) and both the house and the grounds required a lot of upkeep. In December, our offer for a newer and much smaller ranch-style house (with no basement) was accepted, and we moved in January. This could have been a traumatic experience for me, as I have been a pack rat all my life and the old house was large enough to also hold photographs and memorabilia from two families. (I should mention that Beverly is a minimalist and was bothered by all my “stuff” and had been encouraging me to dispose of the “stuff”.) Faced with having to decide what I needed (as opposed to what I wanted), I quickly realized that I would never use 90% of my tools again, that we would only have room for a limited amount of furnishings, and that I had accumulated a lot of other “stuff” which I had never looked at after saving it, such as programs to shows we had attended and other neat things I really had no use for.
The one thing the new house lacked was a suitable place to mount and frame photographs – there was a room in the basement of the old house that I had dedicated to that purpose. My time since we moved has been divided between building a room in the garage for that and clearing out the remainder of the furnishings and other possessions in the old house so we could sell it. We took several truck loads of “stuff” to local thrift shops but my thought of having a moving sale for what remained was derailed by the coronavirus.
Between early January when I took some sunset photos at the old house after a snow and early April when I took some photos of the full moon from our new front yard, I only took one photo, a sunrise from our front porch taken with my phone (the featured image). What was particularly striking about this sunrise was the orange beam that appeared just before the sun started to rise over the mountain.
The full moon image is in the Additional Images section below. It is an HDR image made from three identical images taken at different exposures (for an explanation of HDR, please see the Definitions page). Note that there is a small cloud in front of the moon.
There are several other draft posts from last year that I expect to finish and publish soon as well as another post with more recent rainbow images.
- Date: 2/8/2020
- Time: 7:18 AM
- Camera: Apple iPhone 11
- Cropped image is 2503 x 3337 px
Full Moon Over Broadway
- Date: 4/7/2020
- Time: 11:48 PM
- Camera: Canon EOS 77D
- Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
- Lens: 250 mm, f/6.7
- ISO: 800
- Shutter: 1/90 sec
- Cropped image is 5914 x 3935 px
May 26, 2020 at 7:50 PM
Hi Larry, nice to see you’re back and blogging again. I started my blog again last month, too. Just wanted to send you a quick note but couldn’t find a way to leave a message on your site except in response to a post. So feel free to delete this if you like.
I saw your list of apps … one you should check out that you might find useful is PhotoPills — Helps you determine exactly where the sun, moon, and other celestial beings/events are at any time of the day or night, today or any day in the future.