Reflections of the North Star


This set of photos was taken near Annapolis, MD.
The pictures were taken on Thanksgiving at sunset on 11/28/13 at 5:50 PM
The "Take it!" Came as I took a few moments out from visiting with my friends who had once again invited me for yet another Thanksgiving Dinner. My brief exit was to go outside and see what I could catch as the sun was setting.  I took some distant shots of a boat that some friends of theirs had tied up at their pier as the home pier was having some dredging done necessitating the temporary move.  I had to hurry as the sun was already gone from the sky and I had been granted some of the final glow before darkness.  I could not have asked for more.  When I walked down to the pier and made my way toward the boat for some possible close ups - I per chance looked at the darkening surface of the water - and there in the form of a tiny white dot - was a reflection of the North Star.  I looked up at the sky - and there it was.  I took the shot with the hope that the resolution of the camera could catch this wonderful image.  I then resumed walking toward the boat, and much to my  amazement the star moved right along with me, I carefully watched this tandem ness and decided to play with the image.  Using the image finder on the camera - I was able to center a rope from the boat that was attached loosely to a pylon that the light was able to reflect the slackened rope on to the water.  With some maneuvers and positioning - I was able to place the reflection of the star in the reflection of the loop in the rope in the water.  
I consider this to be a catch of a lifetime.  Even though it is not complex, it is none the less filled with a gentle strength that one is sometimes afforded with a moment or two, to connect with nature.
The After Take: To all that I showed these pictures to - everyone was quite taken with them. I again could only explain that I somehow was lucky enough to have been given this set of shots as a gift.
The sun had slipped a bit further which had me return to the house while there was still a little bit of light to rejoin my friends and their other guests for yet another marvelous dinner.  I must say the evening was made ever so much more special with having had the privilege to catch these images.
I hope your Holiday Season was a joy,
PS: I will soon be sending off a small album to my friends which will include these photos. I hope they like it.

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Fozzy (Friday, 27 December 2013 21:37)

    Great site, glad I stumbled onto it. So much to read, this will be my morning reading for the net few months while I catch up.

  • #2

    Gabe (Friday, 27 December 2013 21:38)

    I like the placement of the star inside the ropes. Looks like it took some trial and error!

  • #3

    Jim (Friday, 27 December 2013 21:39)

    That is an awesome boat.

  • #4

    Sally (Friday, 27 December 2013 21:42)

    Beautiful photo. You put so much into each shot it is very admirable. I must say it makes my breakfast/dinner a couple times a week looking at your work.