Born too soon
The Southern Pinwheel
M-83 in Hydra

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I will never be able to travel beyond our planet- even though I would jump at the opportunity (in a heart-beat!) were it offered. It's just not in the cards- I was born a few decades too soon. So, the farthest I can reach out into space is confined to the borders of astronomical images that I (attempt to) create. Not surprisingly, I have discovered that a telescope and camera can be an efficacious substitute for a rocket and tank of fuel.

When I am comfortably home in front of my monitor trying to increase the shadowy contrast of an exposure, all my earthbound ties evaporate and time passes without notice- I feel like I am actually out there, exploring the scene that my instruments have captured. I become an adventurer when processing a picture and it's where I derive my greatest satisfaction as a hobbyist. As a result, like over-lounging in my morning bed, I probably tarry too long with many imaging projects.

Interestingly, this admittedly self-indulgent pastime has also shown me places that weren't scheduled on my itinerary because the farther my space travels transport me outward me, the more qualities I recognize deep within each of us- our capacity for surmounting overwhelming challenges, our compassion to selflessly assist others and our willingness to spend time and treasure to remind viewers (and ourselves!) that we are part of, not a part from, the Universe.

In short, the more I understand about the heavens, the more I recognize about myself and our human condition.

May 27- June 20, 2006, April 7- 21, 2007

RCOS 20- inch, SBIG STL-11000

615 minutes Luminance, 120 minutes Red, 72 minutes Green and 162 minutes Blue (All 1X1)