Left my camera out overnight for a timelapse and it got a bit frosty, but it was worth it for this. @ventureworkshop Is insane! 📷 One frame of many shot with the sigma 24mm on my a7sii at F1.4, ISO 10,000, 10 second exposure time.
Call me a techno/house/trance listening marathon runner weirdo, but I’m super proud of my accomplishments and achievements in my running and fitness journey. A few months ago, I would have never thought I would would be able to run again. This past weekend, I had to mentally prepare myself for missing yet another marathon that I planned to run (@philly_marathon). However tonight, I feel like a light bulb went off, and now I found my passion and will to conquer my fitness dreams again. (Maybe I had a little too many adult beverages before my night run...oh well it certainly does help getting through tough patches 🤷🏼♀️). Cheers to finally finding myself again. 🍾🥃🍸🍺🍹🍷. I love the fitness community and family that surrounds me! Thanks to all the inspiration and encouragement to being the best person I can be. I love you all. 😍❤️😘
Had they told us it was going to be at least SEVEN years, I don't know If I would've rushed to pack my bags so excited for a "one year" adventure in HK, but life is that; a neverending change of plans and surprises around the corner (do you know how many corners are there in HK?!). I've tried Cantonese -with no success-; losing my way countless times until I became familiar to these streets; making every and all public transportation my choice when walking is not an option; Bollywood dancing (that was fun!); made friends and then watched them leave; learned (the embarrassing way) that hugs are not essential for other cultures; sending off my eldest to college and getting used to ask for a table only for four. Oh, tables, yes; sharing them with everyone at the restaurant!! Family, friends, farewells, hikings, typhoons, work, PTA, design, exhibiting my photos a few times to my heart's content; dragons, lion dances, temples, incense, CNY, milk tea, chopsticks, noodles, British English; rush hours, rushed city, neon signs, an impactful Yellow Umbrella Revolution; living in the hights and losing my acrophobia, (because the view from the window...) but also missing out on my hometown's births, weddings, passings, Christmas, etc... and understanding that while teletransportation becomes possible, a plane to Mexico during the summer makes for grounding and recharging. Anyway, excuse me, I have to go, need to apply for the permanent residency, haha! Thank you HOME KONG, you're still an adventure! .
Cottonwood Trees and The Stars
From the Plains Indians: Cheyenne & Arapaho
All things come from Mother Earth - Stars are no exception. They form secretly in the Earth and then drift along just under the surface until they find the roots of the magical Cottonwood tree. They entered the roots and slowly work their way up through the tree. Finally they come to the rest in the small twigs at the end of the branches. Here they wait patiently until they are needed.
Then when the spirit of the night sky decides she needs more beautiful stars to light up the heavens she calls on the Wind Spirit to help her. He sends a blustering gust in all directions. Soon the wind shakes the magical trees so hard that the twigs begin to break off.
Then as each twig breaks away, the stars are released. Now new stars race up into the night sky where each one is carefully put into a special place. Now, when the Spirit of the Night has enough new stars, she tells Wind Spirit to stop; the wind settles down to a gentle night breeze. Of course the Spirit of the Night wants to thank the Wind Spirit for his help so she asks all the new stars to twinkle brightly for him. This way the Wind Spirit can see where all the new stars he helped escape have been placed.
So if you want to add a new star to the Night Sky, gather some Cottonwood twigs and wait for a clear night. Find a spot where you can see lots of stars, hold your twig up toward the night sky and snap it. After you snap, check the ends of your twig to see if you have a star pattern showing. If you do, then you have put a new star in the sky. The star pattern is the shadow that the new star leaves behind.
If you look very carefully in the same direction that you released your new star you will see it twinkling brightly. This is your 'thank you' from the Spirit of the Night Sky for adding a beautiful new star to her heavenly Kingdom.
Finding Stars - You can locate stars by snapping or cutting the fallen dried branches at the wrinkled knuckle growths in the bark. Some twigs may be too green or rotten but may still carry a star. Hold the twig close to the wrinkled branch knuckle and snap it quickly or cut in the middle of the knuckle
Check out our newest blog - all about how to shoot star trails if you've ever wondered how!
This is a shot made in Petrified Forest National Park in the dead of night during @paulnguyenphoto 's residency there.