Photo of the Day: Moonlight Downtown

The moonrise Saturday evening was breathtaking, so my husband and I decided to pull over near downtown Kansas City so I could attempt to get a good photo. Unfortunately 1) the deep red colors of the moon had faded, and 2) I didn’t have my tripod with me. I had to up the ISO and widen the aperture – not ideal for night time photography – but I’m still pretty happy with this shot considering the circumstances. Check out yesterday’s moon photo if you missed it.

Day 341: Blue Moon

On my way to work yesterday morning I saw a giant military airplane sitting at our tiny downtown airport. I was hoping it would still be there on my way home; it would be the perfect photo for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. My husband got to see the plane from his office window as it took off later that morning. “It was hard to miss,” he said. “It pretty much took up the entire window.” If only I had left my camera with him! When trying to figure out what else to take a photo of on my way home, I  noticed the bright moon and cloud formations around it. So I present to you my second-choice photo.

The moon lights up the downtown sky on my way home.

Day 287: A Light in the Dark

Yesterday I was stressed out about my long to-do list. When I got home late from church after loading the sermon slides on the computer, I found my husband vacuuming. He had already taken out the trash, cleaned the cat box, and done laundry. When he asked me what else he could do to help, I replied, “Take a photo for me.” So he enthusiastically grabbed my camera and showed me photos of the moon that he had taken earlier. He was sincere about using his photo on my blog so I didn’t have to worry about one more thing.

Jerod's photo of the moon.

As much as I wanted to cheat and use his photo, at 10:07 p.m. this is the photo I came up with. I think I like his better. Some days when I’m feeling down, he’s my light in the dark.

My photo of a fall candle.

Days 190-191: It’s all about the moon

Okay, okay, maybe I shouldn’t have used the moon reference to tie the two photos together. All jokes aside, Saturday morning we ran the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k for the Colon Cancer Coalition in memory of a church friend Ryan Goddard, who passed away last year from colon cancer at just 29 years old. I also beat my previous 5k time with a new record of 28:50! Sunday was pretty uneventful, and I almost forgot to take a photo. (gasp!) After spending about 30 minutes outside in the heat & humidity trying to photograph a flying barn swallow, I settled on a photo of the moon instead.

Team shirts for Get Your Rear in Gear colon cancer 5k.
The moon shines bright Sunday evening.

Days 182-185: Four Photos for the Fourth

We had a very busy 4th of July weekend, from Theatre in the Park in Shawnee, to a family celebration in Cherryvale, to hanging out in Louisburg, to the Corporate Woods fireworks display in Overland Park. There were plenty of great photo ops over the last several days. And…I’ve passed the halfway point for my 365 Day Photography Project!

Students perform Les Miserables at Theatre in the Park. It may have been a student production, but you couldn't tell by the amazing singing & acting.
Students perform Les Miserables at Theatre in the Park. It may have been a student production, but you couldn't tell by the amazing singing & acting.
Our niece Beth plays with fireworks at our family 4th of July celebration on Saturday.
Fireworks display at Lake Miola in Paola, Kansas.
Fireworks shoot past the crescent moon at the Corporate Woods 4th of July Celebration on Monday.

Days 126-128: Cupcakes and Moms

We were excited to attend Food Truck Friday, but when we arrived at 6:30, the lines snaked all around the lot. Most vendors had already crossed the majority of the food off the list, so we decided to get in line for 3 Girls Cupcakes and get our dinner somewhere else. We finally made it to the front of the line – with only 3 cupcakes left in vanilla, vanilla – and about 100 people in line behind us. It was a fun experience, but I’m not sure it was worth 40 minutes in line and the $3 spent for a plain vanilla cupcake. We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out in Southeast Kansas with Jerod’s family, then we met my family for lunch on Sunday for Mother’s Day.

Food Truck Friday was definitely a success!
Our niece Beth and nephew Caleb playing outside.
The moon shone bright in Southeast KS late Saturday night.