Monday, June 23, 2008

"Night" Falls on Manic Monday

When I saw that Morgen at It's a Blog Eat Blog World had declared this week's Manic Monday theme to be "night", I actually did a small happy dance as I had just gone out the night before and taken some pictures around town which I planned on using in a post at some future time. What a delight that I was able to use them so soon and for Manic Monday no less!

In addition to the pictures that I had taken (like the one of the flag outside of dispatch), my friend Dennis had uploaded a few to his Flickr account that he had taken from the roof of American Ambulance, where we work. Night photos all around - woohoo! Morgen, you couldn't have chosen a better theme for this week - thank you!

The three pictures below were taken by Dennis with his Nikon D3 and show the view of the Marina at American Wharf as well as downtown Norwich from the building where we work. Dennis told me he took these pictures around 11:00 p.m. or so and in the second two you can see the Strawberry Moon that had risen over Norwich. That moon was the reason I had been wandering around Norwich in the dark, too, but I wasn't able to get any shots of it myself. Oh, and just to show what a short commute to work I have, my house is located almost exactly below that moon!

A shot of the Marina at American Wharf and downtown Norwich by Dennis
Strawberry Moon over Norwich by Dennis
Strawberry Moon over Norwich by Dennis
So, what was I taking pictures of while waiting for the moon to rise that night? First off Amanda, Darci, and I stopped by the Hebrew Cemetery in Preston which is located just outside of the old Norwich State Hospital grounds. Even though I used to be scared to death of them when I was younger, cemeteries at night don't bother me in the least anymore and I actually like to take pictures of them to see if I can capture any sort of phenomena on the pictures - like orbs. If you look closely at these pictures, you can definitely spot orbs in places and they aren't reflections from a flash as I was using the camera on night landscape mode and there was no flash.


Just as a side note, when I took those pictures I was standing outside of the cemetery wall so don't think I was wandering around in there aimlessly at night. I'm not that brave or that disrespectful.

After deciding that the moon was apparently not going to show up in the sky anytime soon, the girls and I climbed into the car to head across town in an effort to see if we could see the moon closer to the river. While en route, Amanda decided to play around with the camera a bit ...

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Unfortunately, once we got to where we were going by the side of the Thames River, there was still no moon so I ended up with just this one shot of Norwich as you view it looking up the river towards the harbor and the marina. The white tower is Norwich City Hall which actually looks quite nice lit up at night.

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Chances are, that picture would look a heck of a lot better if I had Dennis' Nikon D3 but sadly, the best I could do was my own Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS. All things considered, I think it does okay though I think from now on if I need a night shot or two, I'm going to ask Dennis to get them for me!

If you'd like to see what other people are doing in the night, be sure to check out Morgen's Manic Monday Meme at It's a Blog Eat Blog World where each week it's a different word for us to play with. Go ahead and join in next week - you know you want to!

13 comments:

  1. Those are nice shots! We just got back from Ocean city, no really good night shots!

    Come check out the night of my blog!

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  2. wonderful shots and i love old cemeteries too!

    smiles, bee
    xxoxoxoxoxooxoxxo

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  3. Wow - what a great "night" post!
    So many great pictures!
    I see the orbs!
    A friend of mine came back from India and had some amazing orb pictures from a cemetery there.
    She took some one night, and there were a few orbs, then went back the next night when there was a celebration ceremony for the dead. And the picture was literally FULL of orbs. Amazing.
    I've never taken an orb pic, but want to try it some time!

    cheers,
    manic mo

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  4. You're getting really creative with the camera. I did see the orbs. Fascinating stuff. Thanks for taking us along.

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  5. You had me with the marina. I think I'm hooked on boats and water. Ya think? Have a great day Linda. Big hug. :)

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  6. You got some great shots there Linda and some orbs in the cemetery too!

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  7. You had a great section of night shots, Linda.

    Incidentally, if you want to see my pictures at Royal Ascot Racecourse, look on my Facebook Profile photo album.

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  8. I love these night pictures. Well done!

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  9. My little camera doesn't take good night pictures either. But I do love that first one you got of the flag.

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  10. Beautifully done, Linda! :)

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  11. Love it! I was just thinking that besides few shots in Vegas, I never really took night shots. That shall go on my to do list :o)

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  12. Wonderful night time shots and I just love the ones of the cemetery.

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  13. Amazing pics, Linda!!!!

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