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Christmas Lights

After forty years of living here we have seen such a dramatic increase in traffic passing our house, sometimes up to three cars a day, that I finally decided to put up some Christmas lights. I hope the deer approve.

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Night Skies

Last night I got my first successful shots of Venus and the stars. These were taken with a fully open aperture and a 30 second shutter speed.  Apparently you don’t want to go any longer than 30 seconds or else the earth’s rotation becomes evident and the stars will start to elongate.  Anyway, I’m now looking forward to more experimentation.

Looking south-east with Venus near center

Looking south-east with Venus near center

Looking north with a bit of the Milky Way shining through

Looking north with a bit of the Milky Way shining through