I had a photographic experience this morning! As usual, birds were twittering back and forth and woke me up around 4:30am. That doesn’t bother me so much because I am an early riser anyway. I got up, brewed a cup of coffee, then returned to the bedroom, raised the blinds and snuggled in bed to watch the sunrise. What a wonderful way to start the day! At the first streaks of light, I noticed the moon was still in the sky, just a sliver but clear to see. The colors of the sunrise were vivid pinks and blues. I was so impressed that I jumped out of bed, ran for the camera, and began shooting away. There was a problem though. The camera would only focus on the screen and not the scene beyond. I have shot frames from this vantage point before but never had this particular problem. Fearful that I would miss a good shot, I opened the screen and was able to capture the early morning moment. Afterwards, I deleted the photos of the screen, or so I thought, and uploaded the rest to the computer to see what marvelous pics awaited. Much to my surprise, I had left one photo of the screen on the card and I am glad I did! It has an artsy look to it, but the moon, instead of being a sliver of light, shows its full form! I’m not sure of the physics of why that happens, but have a look for yourself! (The moon is in the upper right quadrant.)
What I saw with my naked eyes looked like this:
I shot a few more frames without any more hassle. The scene was serene, the colors beautifully muted, not a cloud in the sky. But one more frame offered up a surprise for me! Now, don’t call me crazy, but in the following photograph, positioned below and slighty to the left of the moon is an object that looks strangely like the shuttle. I know that it is up there buzzing around about now as it heads back home to earth, so, as far-fetched as it may sound, it sure does look like the shuttle. Take a look and tell me what you think.
Of course, it could be a plane, too. But that is not nearly as much fun to fathom!
This was indeed a serendipitous morning with the camera. A lot like life, don’t you think? We set out to do one thing, other things happen that add delight and wonder to our days (disaster, too, but today I am talking about the good stuff!) When that happens I have to pause and say thank you. No matter how we plan, no matter how simple the plans, the wonder of life imposes itself at the most unexpected moments. Enjoy the photos. It is a shuttle! isn’t it?????