Monday, December 30, 2019

Solving A Silly Mystery

I run outside before sunrise to take photos of the sky so often. It's one of the highlights of the morning to see the sky fill with some color as the earth heads in the direction of light. So I went out Sunday morning and clicked a few photos. When I looked at them later in the day I saw this.
This is what the camera showed me, completely unedited. It always shows up dark like this, which is why I edit it to look more like what my eyes saw. When I was looking at this photo I noticed something that seemed to be coming down from the sky or up from the mountains, a skinny thing on the left there. I couldn't figure out what it could be. How did I not see that with my eyes when I was standing out there? Click on the above pic and take a look.
So I edited the photo, lightened it to look much more like what I saw. Mmm. That thing is still there. I see this view all the time, how could I not know what I was looking at? So I went outside in the afternoon to scan the sky and see if it was still visible. Why yes, yes it was. It's a very skinny little branch, the tallest one that sticks straight up from our miniature maple tree. It's the only branch that reaches that high above the fence. In all the years I've been photographing that view I never quite captured it like this.

I laughed and laughed and laughed. Really. I couldn't believe I had been bewildered by it, imagining all kinds of space alien transport system scenarios right here in Humboldt County. LOL. I laughed some more.

Here's a view of the sunrise, a bit closer, no aliens, and even a hint of iridescence.

24 comments:

  1. Aww...I thought you'd found a rope-ladder to the stars! My brother's security camera recently caught a ghost in his back garden, which turned out to be an out of focus cobweb in front of the lens!

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    1. John-- A rope-ladder to the stars! What a grand idea that is. I love it.

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  2. Darn! I was ready to welcome our new alien overlords.

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    1. Paul-- Me too. Where are they when we need them?

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  3. Soon as I saw that in the photo I thought you captured a piece of grass but a twig will do.
    Very nice photos

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    1. Billy-- That little twig of a branch really surprised me. Glad you liked the pics.

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  4. Too many of us don't take a careful look at what the camera picked up. Good eye!

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  5. I'm laughing too. I was kind of hoping for something spacey. Isn't it fun how the camera catches things our eyes overlook.

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    1. Patti-- I'm glad it made you laugh too. I was hoping for something very other-worldly. Hah!

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  6. It looked to me like a phone mast in the distance. We are so trained to not see them yet they are everywhere.
    Now I am happy to read it's a tree branch.

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    1. Sabine-- I wondered if someone had put something big on their roof. What a funny realization it was.

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  7. Funny! Do I see two more maple twigs about a third of the way across the photo image?

    Above us only sky! And what a treasure our sky is.

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    1. am-- Those are actually towers for either electricity or internet (or both). I'm so surprised that you actually saw them. Well done!

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  8. This made me laugh out loud! Mostly because you were laughing out loud, and I well know what that sounds like. I love your sunrise photos - they inspire me. Hope I find some space aliens at some point, beaming down through the morning mists.

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    1. Tara-- I really did laugh out loud. I couldn't believe that I didn't know what it was. It still makes me laugh. Yes, find the space aliens there. I think they love Colorado!

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  9. Sometimes it’s true, Robin that that simplest things can confound us. Glad you found the source of the mystery. Happy 🥂New Year to you and Roger.

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    1. Beatrice-- I was so glad that I figured it out and laughed so hard that I was confounded by it at all.

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  10. That made me think of the story on the news tonight about the giant drones flying in formation over Colorado. Ha!

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    1. Catalyst-- I hadn't heard about the drones in Colorado, so of course I googled it. Wow, that must have been quite a sight.

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  11. I like those kinds of mysteries. I'm always hoping to catch ghosts when I take photos, but I haven't so far. Not that I've seen.

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    1. Sharon-- I've never thought about photographing ghosts, but now it's something I want to see too! Thank you for that.

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