Frivolous Friday: Creatures of the Night
It’s Frivolous Friday!
Thought I would share some of the fun I squeezed in this week (in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work.)
Yep, this happened #1:
I’m normally a morning person and like to be in my jammies by 8:00pm (sorry not sorry.) But this week I became a Creature of the Night and stayed up late to photograph the Neowise Comet!
NASA says comet Neowise is the brightest space iceball to fly by Earth in years and right now it’s putting on a show in the evening sky – it appears in the Northwest just after sunset.
This little beauty of a shot was made from the Poway Overlook (can you see the outline of Tooth Rock on the right side?)
And I’ll also mention that a camera’s sensor is able to capture it but it’s REALLY hard to see with the city light contamination. I knew exactly where it was so I could just see it – but the 20-30 people who were also on the overlook
never saw it. (One lady told me she’d been looking for it for days – she didn’t realize she was looking right at it but the city lights were blocking it out.
Once you know which direction to face, you’ll need to get as far away from all light pollution as possible and make sure you’ll have as clear and broad a view of the night sky as you can find. Clouds and city lights can really ruin your astrophotography plans.
While a comet zips through space at 17,500 miles per hour (28,159 kilometers per hour), it appears almost stationary from our perspective.
That means photographing Neowise is about precision and long exposures rather than any sort of action shots.
As such, you’ll need a sturdy tripod and a camera with a good telephoto zoom lens.
You’ll need to be able to set the lens and camera to manual focus and exposure, as well as use a Bulb, Time or long-exposure preset mode to handle the exposure.
If you really want to go the extra mile, use a camera with a shutter release cable, self-timer or some other remote operation capability to prevent any shaking or blurring that might come from pressing the shutter button.
Yep, this happened #2:
Speaking of nighttime, the hubs and I have been enjoying our oh so fancy fire pit (he designed and built this for us last year!)
I finally convinced him to let me roast a marshmallow over the fire (last summer he was too worried I might get marshmallow on his glass rocks…sigh…)
I finally wheedled enough and he let me….so that one marshmallow got me thinking about s’mores…
Guess which Marshmallow was mine?
Fire + Sugar = DELISH
And side note – does this look like a parade of Heffalumps and Woozles from Fantasia to you?
No one knows for sure who invented the s’more. However, the first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 Girl Scout publication – here’s the actual recipe!
We don’t know for sure whether the Girl Scouts were the first to make “some mores,” no one else has claimed to have invented them.
And as I was researching I learned that some people like fresh fruit in their s’more…
So I had to try them out – and also work on my Food Photography skills while I was at it!
Or it might be fun to add some fun and color to your s’more….
And you can never go wrong with a smile!
And speaking of roasting – which number are you – I’m a 3 and could maybe do a 4. But I’ll throw away everything else….it needs to be perfect or I won’t eat it.
And as much as I love a roasted marshmallow, you couldn’t pay me to eat a raw one….uggg!
And just in case you don’t have a fire pit – I found a S’mores oven recipe for you!
To start, trim your graham cracker into a circle (not required, but so cute!) I used a juice glass as a template and a sharp knife easily trimmed it.
Pop them under the broiler for about 3 minutes….keep your eye on it it goes from #3 to #6 in the blink of an eye…lol
When it’s perfectly browned and soft, squish on a Hershey’s kiss!
And EAT! Oh my they were delish!!!
….and I it also occurred to me that a caramel Hershey kiss might be even tastier….what do you think?
Let me know if I inspired you to add them to your summer fun!
Yep, this happened #3:
You probably already know this, but my FAVORITE creature of the night is a Barn Owl — specifically MY family of Barn Owls. We have a beautiful owl house that has happily hosted a family three times in the past two years.
And in addition to me photographing them when they venture outside, we also have a web cam inside the house – so we get to see
the courtship, canoodling, egg laying and baby raising!
Oh and lunch. We get to see LUNCH.
Here’s a blog with lots more information and video if you are interested.
What’s your favorite creature of the night?
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