Posts Tagged ‘Sunset’

The biggest round thing I could think of was the sun and the best time to catch it in all of its glorious roundness is at or near sunset. So the sun around is my contribution to this week’s A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Round.

Maple Bluff Sunset - March 31, 2014 - 112-Edit (Round)  Sunset in Minnesota-7-27-13 - 105 (Round) Mendota Sunset   Sunset Series - 5 (Round) Sunset at Crystal Lake - (Round)

I have had this blog for less than one year and recently I posted my 365th post so I decided to memorialize the occasion. has been pretty difficult for me. I suffer from a chronic disease that makes it hard to concentrate and to stay focused and I am often in pain and quite tired (thus the “fog”). When I started this blog I had no idea how much energy it would take and what a challenge it was going to be (thus the “war”).

I started this photo blog in part because the writing that used to come so easily to me now comes slowly and messily like the last bits of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube. Until relatively recently, I was able to work at least part-time in the career I had long pursued (I was an attorney working with intellectual property and technology law). That work is no longer available to me because it requires more energy, a better memory, and greater nimbleness of mind than I currently possess. I tell my friends that I am not dumber, but I am slower.

During the early days of my illness, boredom was a constant companion. Then, a few years ago, my wife bought me a new camera. While I had always enjoyed photography, suddenly I had a lot of time available in which to pursue it. So off I went on a photo binge. Many of my photos are taken of things very close to home – typically in our yard or neighborhood; indeed I have a category in my blog for “Photos Taken within 100 Meters of Our Home.” Many others are taken on the way to visit or at my in-laws. (My wife has a great family!)

As the years went by and the shutter clicked, hundreds and then thousands of images filled up space on my hard drive(s) and I began to think about sharing my photos. I am and always will be an amateur photographer. I do not have the energy nor do I have the desire to sell any of my work (although I do donate my work to non-profit auctions and the like).  Eventually I decided to try blogging and started start

Keeping up with this blog has been difficult for me. What has made this easier is that many of you who have visited this blog have been extraordinarily generous with your thoughts about my photos. I am not too proud to admit that when someone says a photo of mine is “stunning” or “wonderful” or “amazing” it makes me feel good. That isn’t the sole reason for the blog, but it sure doesn’t hurt! More important for someone who had spent all too much time just sitting at home is that my blog brought me into a community of people from around the world whose blogging about their lives and travels has made boredom impossible and made frustration, fatigue and pain more bearable. While it is still so very much more difficult to write than it used to be, I have all of the time I want to do it and so it is okay.

This post contains some of my favorite photos from my first 365 posts. When I was looking through the posts to put together this collection, my biggest thought was how thankful I am that I have had this opportunity. Mostly I thank all of the people who have visited my blog. I also want to give a shout out to WordPress because I really doubt I would have had a “Post 366” had I not been blogging with WordPress, which has made setting it up my blog and keeping it going so much easier for me than would otherwise have been the case.

I hope you enjoy this collection.

Lake Michigan Sunset

I had been walking around the shore of Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin for about an hour as the sunset approached. While I got better photos of the sun, they lacked the one thing this photo has – foreground interest. I recall that I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted this man watching the sunset. He adds quite a bit of appeal to the photo. I took this several years ago and had forgotten about it until my photo mining project helped me to rediscover it.

My wife and I live in Wisconsin, which is located in the Midwestern/North Central U.S. My wife is from North Dakota, which is both in the Midwestern U.S. as well as solidly in middle of the Great Plains, which are very generally the flat lands between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and roughly the same area in Canada that is east of the Rockies. We regularly travel to North Dakota and typically bring our two dogs when we go. It would be difficult and expensive to fly with the dogs so we typically drive when we travel there. Driving through the Great Plains means mile after mile wide open space with distant horizons. The photos here are a few of the horizons we have seen traveling through the Great Plains and are submitted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizons.

The Word A Week Challenge – Favorite is indeed a challenge because what my favorite photo is changes from time to time. Paralyzed by indecision, I finally decided to post several of my favorites, which as you will see comprise quite an eclectic group.

Shasta Daisy
  Esther Mae - July 30, 2010 - 151On Edge 2  Flag Flies at Sunset

A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – ACTION Sparkle - July 15, 2012 - 004

Butterflies - 6 - August 11, 2011-Edit

Wind_Camera_USA Minot Air Show - 839 - July 04, 2012

I recently visited the lake where my wife’s sister and her husband plan to build a home in the next few years. It was a lovely lake and I understand that you can often see loons and bald eagles amongst a host of other wildlife. When we visited, however, it was chilly and very windy. This kept the usual wildlife out of sight and most people inside. On the other hand, I stood on the lake shore for about 2 hours before and slightly after sunset to see what might be seen.  The sunset was very  nice, if not quite spectacular – at least from where I was standing with my tripod. The first four photos show the sun as a cloud passes between me and it. I assume the cloud moved fast because of the same hearty breeze that had been blowing all day.

Sunset Series - 1 Sunset Series - 2

Sunset Series - 3 Sunset Series - 4

Here we catch up with the sun just as it catches the horizon. In the second photo below, passing clouds as the sun settled down provided a nice sun ray display.  Finally, the sun dipped below my horizon with its glow fleetingly lighting a small cloud that was still above its lofty horizon.

Sunset Series - 5 Sunset Series - 6 Sunset Series - 7 Sunset Series - 9

Lake Mendota Sunset

The spring here in the Madison, Wisconsin area has been long, cold and wet. But recent springs have been unusually nice so perhaps we were spoiled. This shot of a brilliant orange sky was taken as the sun was just nestling into the trees of Maple Bluff along Lake Mendota in early spring of last year.