I’m ‘up north’ and the sky is clear and the air is warm and the bugs aren’t bad. Perfect to head out and try to learn more about shooting stars. And there might even be a few shooting stars to boot!
I went out to North Bar Lake, a place a photographer told me about years ago. I’ve been there a couple of times since, and I figured it might be the perfect place to watch the stars.
I got there way too early, but walked out on the beach anyway, trying to scope out a spot for sunset and star viewing.
There wasn’t much beach to speak off, the Great Lakes are high this year, but I’m not complaining, it feels good to see the lakes full.
Once I figured out there wasn’t any one particular spot I’d want to be I headed back to the car to read for awhile.
And then an hour or so later I dragged my towel, camera bag and tripod back out and walked way down the beach away from all the families and groups of kids with their bonfires and set up shop.
It wasn’t much of anything, last night’s sunset. But it gave me plenty of time to play around, trying to figure stuff out.
Like how to slow down the movement of water.
And how to make the most out of that time just after the sun goes down. The pink sky.
The blue air.
But the darn moon, only half a moon at that, was just way too bright.
I tried, because I was getting tired of waiting, to capture the big dipper. Just to see what this camera can do.
And then I focused for a minute or two on the group of college kids up the beach and their bonfire.
By 11:15 I was so tired, sitting on the sand, looking for anything to take a picture of, the stars not really showing yet. I finally packed up and headed back to the car, checking along the way for things to shoot.
I liked the old tree and the big dipper behind it. Not exactly why I was out there, but still pretty cool.
I sat on the little beach and captured the moon and the kids’ bonfire. And then I headed back to camp.
An hour later, pulling into the campground, the moon was setting, a bright orange crescent putting out much less light. And at my site, almost 12:30 in the morning, there were a ton of stars overhead.
No pictures of any of that…but you can imagine my frustration. And so the quest continues for another night.