Monday, September 14, 2020

Comet NEOWISE

On July 16,2020, I picked up a friend and she and I drove down to the Pembina Valley. I was around 9:30 pm when we left town. The express purpose of this excursion was that I might see and hopefully capture some images of Comet NEOWISE.  I had seen the pictures Steve had taken earlier, but as a photographer,I felt the need to capture my own.


As we waited for the sun to set, we looked around and enjoyed the scene from the safety of the car. I say that, because the mosquitoes were so bad, that even opening the mouth to speak meant that they wanted to fly in there.

The orange glow in the west after sunset painted a pretty scene with this old building.


Zooming in on the horizon,the trees were silhouetted against the sky, but still no comet in sight. 



With instructions from Steve, I put my camera on a tripod and took a wide angle shot in the general direction of the comet.

Even on the camera I could see the faint glow of comet NEOWISE.

I was excited. Unfortunately,it was getting pretty late and my friend still could not see the comet. 

We decided to head back to Morden.



While I was driving east toward town, I kept on glancing to the northwest, in hopes of seeing the comet one more time. I did finally see it and so did my friend.

I pulled off the highway, onto a deserted road, set up my tripod and camera again and started shooting.

When I turned around to look south, I was awestruck by the Milky Way. The beauty of this broad ribbon of stars across the southern sky was just amazing.

How Great Is Our God!



Yes, I did also get a better shot of Comet NEOWISE.I was thrilled and still am glad that I made the extra effort to get my own images.

Yes, my friend also saw the comet and the Milky Way. We were both speechless and in awe of this majestic display.



TO GOD BE THE GLORY! 

26 comments:

Anita Johnson said...

Ruth, these are amazing!

Ginny Hartzler said...

wow, you have totally outdone yourself! These are miraculous and amazing. Did you use a fast action setting? I would never know how to do this. Totally wonderous!!!!!!

Linda W. said...

Sounds a lot like my comet-chasing experience last July. There's nothing quite like seeing that comet in person. Amazing! Nice pics.

Lorrie said...

Those are wonderful photos, Ruth, and you displayed purpose and tenacity in getting them.

Hootin' Anni said...

oh my gosh Ruth!! This just HAS to be your best post, ever!!!

Sandra said...

those last 2 are totally amazing, i have never seen so many stars and the comet and the milktway is gorgeous... I have seen a few comets, but not with that many stars and never seen the milky way. your header view is perfect

KEV. Robertson. said...

Hi Ruth- Very good of you for chasing the Comet - great photos there. It is too bright here in the city to see all the Stars - have to get out into the country to see the masses of stars- like you have done for your Milky Way photo. Thanks for posting. Cheers. KEV. (Sydney- Australia).

Marie Smith said...

Fantastic images and tremendous perseverance. The mosquitoes would have done me in. Nature has so much to teach us on so many levels.

Gayle said...

Great photos. Our God is indeed Great; and good and graceful and glorious . . .

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh my goodness, what stunning photos!!! Down here in s.e. FL I don't see anything like the starry heavens that you see. Thank you and thank God for His beautiful creation. ~ FlowerLady

Debbie said...

wow, wow, wow, amazing captures and what an exciting experience!! i am so happy you were able to see and share this experience!!

George said...

All of these photos are amazing. Congratulations om your picture of the comet.

Mary said...

Wow...great shots! We went looking but no photos. Mike could see it barely. I never saw it.
It was hard finding anywhere away from the lights to look for it.

Lady Fi said...

Wow wow and more wow!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Wow---that last picture needs to be framed.... AWESOME.

Glad you all were able to get far away from the city/county lights.... My son Jeff loves to drive way up to the top of the mountain in the Smokies and get some great shots where it is totally dark!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Shug said...

This so neat!!!! absolutely beautiful

Robin said...

Ruth, Amazing images! Happy you got a couple of great shots of the Comet with the Milky way thrown in to boot!!

Dorothy said...

Wow! These are GOOD! It's always a good thing to get your own shots! I did not get to photograph the comet:( I guess you could say I'm a little jealous!

Rose L said...

Great shot! Wish I could have got a shot like it! I am just wishing I could see the sun or moon or stars now! So much smoke here because of fires. I am in Oregon and fires close by.

photowannabe said...

PTL
Stunning..
Our God is Magnificent..
So glad you went the extra mile to capture such amazing photos.
Sue

happyone said...

Awesome!!! WOW

warriormom said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Susan Zarzycki said...

I am speechless, Ruth. All I can think of is awesome but it is beyond that!💖

Rose said...

Oh, I am so glad you got to get your own photos...absolutely beautiful.

Kerri Farley said...

Awesome captures Ruth!!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Wooooooow! 😍