This is a great time of year for stargazing and for star photography. Orion is clearly visible (in the southern sky), as are many other constellations. With cool temperatures and a clear night, I spent some time taking photographs of the constellations Orion, Ursa Major (with The Big Dipper), and Taurus, with the Pleiades nearby. Here are a few photos that were taken about 2 hours before sunrise. (Click on any image for a larger view.)
Here are some photos I took today of the partial solar eclipse at Mentor Headlands Beach in Mentor, Ohio. The sun was nearing its peak of the partial eclipse as the sun was reaching the horizon, and it dropped into thin clouds.(Click on any image for a larger view.)
There was a beautiful sunrise this morning so I decided to take a few photos. While I was outside, the wind ramped up quickly with a few stiff gusts. Not more than a minute later, I looked at the sunrise and a cloud line quickly formed, mirroring the direction of the wind that had just blasted through seconds earlier. It was like watching a windy shock wave move through the sky. Here are a few photos.
We spent some time today hiking in the Chapin Forest Reservation in Kirtland, Ohio, part of the Lake County Metroparks. The leaves were still fairly green on the Lucky Stone trail, but there were splashed of oranges, yellow and reds on the Quarry Pond Trail. The fall colors at the scenic overlook, off the Lucky Stone trail, did not disappoint! There was some patchy fog and haze, so the Cleveland skyline, less than 20 miles away, was only partly visible; not the best conditions for pictures. Here are a few others from the trail and the overlook. (Click on any photo to open the gallery.)