A Thin Layer of Air

Naomi and I went to Buck Lake to enjoy the night. The glow of Orlando can be seen on the horizon. Humans inhabit this small planet within a thin layer of air. Beyond that is an unimaginably large universe. While full of stars and planets, we have found no other substitute out there for this world; no place we could actually live. Click on the image for a larger view.

Full Moon over Buck Lake

My current project has kept me busy. I have only found time to get out at night for some fresh air. We have had very clear nights for a week that have coincided with the full moon.

The camera does not see the night as we do. When light levels dip below a certain point, human vision loses the ability to perceive color. The camera does not. Night images can appear as if they were taken during the day. The moon reflects sunshine without altering its color. The angular size of the moon is the same as the sun. Only the stars visible in the sky betray the illusion. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is found on trees throughout the South. While called a moss, it is actually a flowering plant. It used to be used commercially in the early 20th century as padding in car seats. Click on the image for a larger view.

After Irma

Hurricane Irma has passed. We were very fortunate not to have sustained any major damage, not everyone in Florida and the Caribbean were so lucky. Irma was only a category 2 storm when it reached us, with sustained winds of around 80 mph. While there may not be much obvious damage, the storm makes significant impact to the environment. Compare the tree in front of our house today with its condition just before Irma arrived yesterday. Notice the loss of foliage in the canopy. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Waiting for Irma

Naomi and I are waiting for Hurricane Irma. The hurricane force winds are expected to arrive within the hour and last for the next twenty four. We have had tornado warnings for most of the day. We are expect to lose power. The weather has certainly been exciting since arriving in Florida. We wish everyone well as this storm passes.  Click on the image for a larger view.

Night Driving, Part 3

The method of photographing lightning by opening the shutter over a period of time allows for images over time to be recorded. Each strike causes an exposure of the landscape to be captured, showing both the passing forest and open pasture. Passing a moving car records the red tail lights across the bottom of the picture. The reflections of our car’s dashboard are reflected in the window. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Night Driving, Part 2

Driving west across central Florida, we headed toward several lightning storms. Since lightning strikes are unpredictable, I had to simply open the shutter for a period of time hoping a strike would occur. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Florida’s Sandhill Cranes

For most of their species, Sandhill Cranes are migratory, heading north in the summer and returning in the winter. Central Florida has a population of non-migratory cranes. These large birds mate for life and can live for over thirty years. They can also become used to humans, although their confidence should not be confused with being harmless or domesticated: they are a wild animal and will protect themselves if felt threatened. Click on the image for a larger view.

Discovering New Places

With unpacking and setting up our new home, Naomi and I have had little time to explore. The other day we took a break from this routine and drove along the Atlantic coast of Florida between Melbourne and Cocoa. While the day did not live up to Florida’s motto of the “Sunshine State,” none the less it was a beautiful day. I suspect the weather kept the beaches empty. Click on the image for a larger view.

Eclipse 2017

Florida experienced a partial eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017. It is possible to view an eclipse by looking up with special glasses to protect your eyes. You can also look down to see the image of the sun projected through the leaves of a tree. The overlapping leaves and branches create tiny gaps that project an image of the sun on a sidewalk, much in the same way a pinhole camera creates an image. Normally, these images are round—the unobscured disk of the sun. But during an eclipse, a crescent caused by the moon covering the sun is projected.  Continue reading

Arrival

Naomi and I have arrived at our destination: Florida. The sky provided a spectacular view during an evening walk. We have much to do, much to learn. Click on the image for a larger view.

A Farewell to Maine

Naomi and I have had a great adventure in Maine for the last ten years. Much of what we have done and experienced can be seen in this blog. But Hakusan Creation and our adventures are not ending. We are moving on to new places and projects. Please come back to see what we are doing. Thank you for joining us on this journey.