It’s a bird! It’s a plane! NO!!! It’s . . .

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?????

30 thoughts on “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! NO!!! It’s . . .

  1. Things never turn out the way you planned it. There is always a surprise here and there. Sometime happy accidents happen as what you have described about the screen and it turns out to be an interesting result. I am always amazed when something like that happens.

  2. Wonderful shots (all of them), Cecilia!
    I really like the one through the screen – in a way it reminds me of an extreme close-up of an older television screen… very cool!
    Hahaha… “Houston, I think we have been photographed…”

    1. HAHAHAH!!!! Surprise surprise surprise! Houston …. haha Glad you like the photos. This really is not at all how I expected them to turn out, but I have had so much fun with this I’m hoping for more shoots like this one! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. 🙂 Ahhhh….. someone who agrees with me! hahaha Well, whatever it is (and it could be the shuttle) sure created some interest. The funny thing is that I could not see it with my bare eyes, but the camera picked it up, sort of like the moon shot through the screen door. Thanks for stopping by and pauseing to leave a comment. Much appreciated. Have a great day.

  3. You get up at 4:30!!! It’s been many moons since I’ve been up that early.

    Loved the photos ~ it does look like the shuttle. Interesting how the screen expanded the view of the moon.

    1. Thanks nrhatch. Yes, I am an early riser. I love that time of the morning when everything is still and quiet and I can drink my coffee in peace, and spend time in prayer. The photos were a surprise and they created a lot of fun! 🙂

  4. I definitely think it’s the shuttle! 🙂 Did you read about the woman who was on a flight and happened to shoot some video of the launch with her iPhone?! It went viral, was on CNN and everything…

    I had a somewhat similar, serendipitous experience with the camera yesterday. Might write about it…

    Either way, shuttle or ordinary aircraft, those early morning photos are awesome! What amazing colors…

    1. Thanks Rebekah. I saw the video you speak of. It was a great shot of the launch. I look forward to hearing about your serendipitous experience, too. Glad you like the photos. Have a fantastic day.

    1. Thanks Doris. It was fun discovering what I captured. I don’t usually have those kinds of surprises when I photograph. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

    1. The shot throught the screen was surprising, and really cool! The shuttle shot was weird, too. I did not see that in the view finder so was really surprised when it showed up. That was the one and only frame of about five or six shots. I enlarged it quite a bit, and that is what the image reminded me of. Knowing that the thing was out there and on its journey home, it certainly seems like a plausible explanation, but by no means scientific proof. So, I like to think that I captured a shot of the shuttle on its way home! 🙂

  5. Fun photos especially the moon shot. It’s pouring rain here this morning. I was hoping for some early sunrise shots but no….I think you should go with the shuttle….more fun than just a plane but then again I love planes so that would be fine too.

    1. Thanks! I’m going with the shuttle. I like planes too, but how often does one get to photograph a space shuttle in flight! HAHAHAH! You are right, it is so much more fun than a plane, as much fun as planes are. But I can photograph them any old time I want! hahahah. Thanks for stopping by. This has been one of my more enjoyable posts. 🙂

    1. Thanks Narami. Yes, early morning light is pretty awesome most of the time! Thanks for stopping by and for taking time to leave a comment. Much appreciated! 🙂

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