Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Yard stars


An opressively hot August has given way to dryer, cooler temperatures in September here in lower Michigan. Katie suggested I put up the backyard tent. After all, she hasn’t gone on any adventures this summer, so the least I could do is give her an outdoor sleeping experience.

I thought that was an excellent idea.

She doesn’t sleep through the night anymore, though, so about 3 a.m. every morning she wakes me up and we venture out into the yard for a walk about.

Our private camping spot right here at home.

While she’s choosing her spot, I’m usually looking up at the sky. There’s almost always something to see.

One night I noticed a perfectly shapped “C” of clouds moving in. The left half of the sky was clear with sparkling stars. The right was rolling with clouds. I tried to hurry Katie along so we could go inside to get the camera.

Trees lit from the neighborhood lights.

But by the time I got her inside, then found the camera, switched lens, attached it to the tripod and changed the settings, the perfect “C” was just a bunch of clouds.

Still, it was fun, and something I wouldn’t have done if my Katie-girl hadn’t picked the perfect time to wake me up.

No matter the weather it’s fun to spend some time in the backyard. Even in the middle of the night.

Ediit: These images will show best if you’re in a dark room and looking at a screen larger than your phone.

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.

18 thoughts on “Yard stars

  1. Night owl photographer. We need to get you some night vision goggles and appropriate camera gear.


  2. I like these Dawn, especially the one of the house with the left side dark and the right side light.


  3. When Monkey gets me up early, he chooses his spot to pee while I look up and marvel at the stars. How I wish I could capture their beauty! Almost makes the getting-up-early worthwhile, doesn’t it?!?


  4. Awesome! I assume you don’t have mosquitoes the size of house flies in Michigan.


  5. I like that house/sky photo too. And I loved those barn photos and the gallery layout that you posted a few blogs posts ago. Most of all I love the photos you take of flowers and birds and, need I even mention it, photos of Katie. 🙂


  6. The pictures looked great on my iPad and it was dark in the room! The last picture was my favorite as it shares that you and Katie were up but the rest of the house was still sleeping.
    Oh and by the way… the sky was great too!


  7. Good morning. Was out in the darkened bark yard moments ago with our young dog. I am the one who awakened early, she would have slept until dawn and then some. There is something special about the night sky and how the stars are aligned to our eyes but randomly positioned throughout the universe. Have a wonderful week and enjoy the tent with Katie!


    • Thank you. Yes, these last warm summer nights are precious. Maybe we were out at the same time. Katie gets me up early every morning. I don’t mind so much, I know my time with her is limited now days, so whatever she needs, I’m game. Plus I see some of the most amazing things. This week one of the early mornings we were out I saw a beautiful, long running, shooting star!


  8. What fun! I love sleeping in a tent but we have had that old bear around…so that discourages me:) Sure hope Katie enjoyed herself!


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