Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Chasing the stars again


Every year I reserve a camping spot somewhere up north for mid-August in the hopes of being in a dark place to wittness the meteorite showers. Almost every year I am foiled.

Drove right through farm country.

Back in March I booked the last campsite at Port Crescent State Park which has a Dark Sky Park just a couple miles down the road from the campground.

But the sky didn’t look promising.

Of course, booking in March for August means you have no idea what the weather will be like once you’re there. And of course this year, while last week was clear with no chance of rain, this week, when the meteorites should be peaking, is forecast to be hot and stormy.

Harvesting in the heat.

A great debate ensued as my departure date grew nearer. Should I cancel or should I go north and see what happens? The debate grew more interesting when I received an email from the state park indicating there would be no restrooms, due to a sewer problem. Right. Stormy and no bathrooms.

Heavy skies, but lots of barns.

The answer seemed obvious. I should cancel, especially since they’d refund my registration money.

Do you see the red/orange left on the barns? I thought it looked great with the orange lilies below.

So I went anyway.

When the soybeans turn yellow this will be stunning.

The drive up was not encouraging. The skies were overcast, then filled with heavy clouds.

This little barn, with the queen anne’s lace, is one of my favorites from the trip north.

But my navigation system, instead of sending me up the freeway, took me on all backroads. Right through farm country. Filled to overflowing with barns.

The cows didn’t seem to be uneasy about the weather. Of course they get to see stars every clear night.

So. Even if I didn’t get to see meteroites or stars or anything I was after, I’d be sure to catch a few barns. So it was a win, right?

I liked the yellow stripped field against the purple clouds and the white windmills.

Well sort of. Just before I left I was messing around with settings, reading my manual and moving through the menus. I did something so that every image was severely overexposed. And I couldn’t figure out how to fix it.

Barns and windmills and perhaps sugar beets.

So I drove north frustrated with the weather and my camera, and the fact I couldn’t find my Kindle so nothing much felt right.

Held up by the vines.

But I added almost 2 hours to the 3 hour drive, because, well, barns.

Barns were everywhere. But so were the clouds.

And when I finally, FINALLY, made it to the lake the sky was clearing.

The cool blue sooths me.

There just might be a chance that my very first night I’d get the shots I’ve been dreaming of.

Might see some stars tonight!


Not much of a sunset. But there is hope for the night sky.

Well, you’ll have to wait and see.

Saw this guy as I headed to my car for the trip to the Dark Sky Park.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Chasing the stars again

  1. OMG! No restrooms would’ve been it for me. You are a brave soul.


  2. You are an adventurous woman. I don’t camp, but I admire your spunk.


  3. What lovely barns you’ve shown us, Dawn! Not totally sure I wouldn’t have cancelled (no restrooms??), but you’ve got me hanging on your every word — hoping you finally get to see the sights you’re searching for.


  4. Ha! You are like those shows we watch when you wonder how are they gonna wrap the ending in 5 minutes. And then the most dreaded words in TV land appear: To Be Continued…


  5. Wishing you the best of luck. When you see the first star, make a wish on it.

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  6. Barns! Hurray! Definitely worth it, in my opinion. I’m sitting here tonight hoping the skies clear. The forecast says yes but looking out the door I am not encourage. Either way, the batteries are charged, the tripod is ready and the remote trigger is all set. Fingers crossed.


  7. Aaargh, you are a mean machine, Dawn. 🙂 “wait and see”. But yes, the barns, oh the barns are worth the wait.


  8. Such a tease…. thanks for the barns


  9. I love your adventurous spirit!


  10. You can take me barn hopping with you any day!!!


  11. Best of luck! Dare I ask where you go to the bathroom?


  12. Hope the sky cleared for you! Oh I love all the barns you found!


  13. Nice cliffhanger. 😀 I hope you got what you went for and if not, you sure did get some fantastic photos of barns. To me, that would be worth the trip.


  14. Don’t know how the sky was over there last night (don’t even know how it was here, because I fell asleep), but we should have clear skies for the remainder of the week. I love the way you love barns, anyway! 🙂


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