Moon Tosses Out Green Yellow Orange and Red

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About 10:30 p.m. on April 10, the Moon began to put on an unusual show and glow, tossing colors into the sky with each click of the camera! The orb started out looking like the (ABOVE) picture, with rings of green, yellow, orange, and red.

Then black clouds bringing rain broke the rings into splashes of colors reflected from the moon’s surface and into the surrounding sky (BELOW):

Finally, the entire sky seemed to get swallowed by the stupendous colors being tossed around, while to the far upper right of the moon could be seen a bright, star-like speck (BELOW).

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Was the “speck” the Red Planet — Mars — adding its signature color to the spectacular array of reflection?

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Fun With Photo Blowups


Digital cameras offer an editing feature with which an amateur photographer can have some fun creating new, isolated photos from an original picture. Although blowups lose pixel power if the original photo isn’t perfectly focused, one can still “play” with his pictures to his contentment!

The first photo here was isolated and blown up from a picture taken of two Canada Geese flying over a bridge while the camera stayed on the geese and faded out the bridge railing.

The two following pictures (BELOW) are also isolated and enlarged from other original photos with numerous birds involved.



Isolate’em and blow’em up!! (BELOW):





We musn’t be serious in our photography all the time must we? Especially if we are mere amateurs, some fun should be allowed daily!

Photos and Blowups from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(Note: Blowups can be achieved on the computer after photos are downloaded to it, but they are best cropped and blown up first on the digital camera, since the camera will save the original photo as well as the enlargements, whereas, on the computer, the original will be replaced by the blowup.)


Favorite Flyers


The Great Blue Heron, with its purple-bluish bordered wings has been a frequent subject (in season) for my camera over the past several years. (ABOVE) is one of my favorite (and early) photos of a GBH. He surprised me as he flew beneath me under the bridge at Napoleon, Ohio. I was camped topside on the bridge sidewalk, a common spot for me to wait for herons to fish near the site, which is part of the backyard of our apartment building.

(BELOW) is another early favorite photo, taken when I first discovered I had unique access to herons between the middle of September and the middle of October each Fall. These long-necks venture down river toward Napoleon from Grand Rapids, Ohio, and other northern locations to pursue the plentiful fish that thrive in the Maumee River.


When this fellow (ABOVE) came in for a landing, I was sitting on a riverside dock only yards away from him. Another surprise photo opportunity presented itself that day.

Herons usually are very shy about sticking around when the slightest movement, or sound, interrupts their fishing. So I was lucky to be able to snap this picture right before this fellow’s landing became a change-of-mind take-off!

(BELOW) is another snap from the bridge. There’s quite a difference in the bird’s appearance from the sunny day of the first picture on this post, and the one (below) shot on a cloudy afternoon.


Enlarged Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Eagles Are Flying


Sitting on the riverside bench with pal Cee-Cee on my lap and my camera in my pocket (under her), I was certain to spot an Eagle. It always happens that way! I couldn’t get Cee-Cee safely down and the camera out of my pocket fast enough to zoom in on this fellow, who flew by in front of me in a slow, teasing circle.

Well, I got this much anyway!

Of course, my other Eagle sighting this week so far was from the transport bus I was on as the vehicle crossed the river bridge! Again, the Eagle was in about the same spot in the sky…while my camera sat at home on my desk…

Ah…such is the way of an amateur photographer — chance, grab, and miss, or connect!

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg