Pic of the Week: 7/26/18
"Milky Way Panorma: Benjamin, TX"
Date taken: 7/26/15
Location: Benjamin, TX
© Ben Jacobi
Its a good news/bad news situation so I'll go ahead and give your the bad news first. The bad news is I don't have any new work to share with you all. The good news, however, is that next week I will be leaving for a trip to southern Illinois for a family reunion and during my down time I plan to explore the unique Shawnee Forest wilderness. I already have several locations in mind so I am very excited to be out shooting and hiking again. The weather has just been terrible for photography down here, but I'm hoping a change of scenery will get me back in a creative mode. I will leave Wednesday and be back on Monday. If the weather cooperates I should be back with some nice photographs. So now, back to the bad news.
Since I have nothing new to share I started to look back on past adventures and there is one photo in particular that has a five year anniversary coming up. My Once in a Lifetime Capture was recorded 5 years ago tomorrow. But I did revisit that image last year so I didn't want to retell old stories. So looking back on this particular date I came across a night photography shoot I did with the Red River Photography Club. In fact, we have the same shoot coming up next month. This little park/overlook I've used for several years now to photograph the night sky. Its far enough out of the way there's minimal light pollution and the skies are dark/clear enough to capture some fantastic detail in the milky way. I shot a series of fifty-four images to create this panorama. This is a full 180 degree view of the night sky out there.
Jim Bob Art Park sits atop the northern edge of the plain just before the ground gives way to the river bottoms the locals call the "narrows" or "cedar breaks". These small but rugged canyons make for a nice foreground during sunset/sunrise photography and the higher elevation gives a fantastic view to the north and west of the park. One time I was out there and I kept seeing bright flashes off in the distance. I didn't have cell phone service, but I knew there were storms somewhere out to our north. It turns out these storms were in the extreme northern TX panhandle over 200 miles away! I've seen meteors streak overhead, watched storms develop over the breaks, and spent hours watching the starry skies. Its a place I feel is therapeutic and good for the soul. Your problems seem awfully small when you're staring up at millions of shimmering stars and all you hear is the cry of a coyote off in the distance.