On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions.
From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
Good Morning All,
This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.
So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.
You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.
For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.
Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!
Today, nothing. My prepped post pictures are gone, and I’m on my iPad. Sorry, folks, another DIY day…delightful!
Do have a great weekend, see you here Monday with lots of pics.
Travel safely everybody, and do share some stories in the comments, even if you’re joining the conversation late. Many folks confide that they go back and read old threads, one reason these are available on the Quick Links menu.
One again, to submit pictures: Use the Form or Send an Email
Alain, I tried to submit some pictures yesterday and the capture “I am not a robot” thing is borked, or it was for me.
The decline of Western culture continues apace….
@Litlebritdifrnt: Maybe you’re a robot.
J R in WV
I sent 3 posts early in the week, as soon as I saw that you were low on pictures. One with dogs and cats, one with moss covered boulders and one with flowers and ramps.
The “Form” told me all three were successfully received, although the Capture robot thing acted odd, it just approved me right off with no testing. Not found? Form borked still….!!
I also just sent an email.
No pics, eh? I’ve been going back and revisiting some of my old IR pics. Here’s one that I reprocessed.
[shameless plug] I also put up a new series on my site, Infrared. [/shameless plug]
I love your shameless plugs.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: I am fascinated with your Milky Way photos. The Milky Way always looks the same, no matter what you do on the edges of the photo.
I grew up in a small town in Florida in the 1960s, and the Milky Way was an everpresent part of our nightime sky.
My husband, who is a couple of years older than me, grew up in a medium sized industrial city in Ohio, and with the clouds and the light and air pollution, he has never seen the Milky Way. Seems sad to me, but he just shrugs.
@Sab: Sometimes it’s lighter, sometimes it’s darker. Last time I shot(Red Rock), it was a much darker place so the contrast turned out better but there was the glow from (LA, Lancaster, Palmdale, Mojave…).
The I am not a robot thing was working very slowly when I submitted, did you give it a lot of time?
@?BillinGlendaleCA: oooh, to edit those ir skies into regular shots would be coo-el.
@p.a.: That’s actually not too hard to do(depending on the contrast between the sky and the rest of the picture).
The universe will out-endure us all.
I’m like your husband. I’ll never see it. Back when I lived in New Hampshire, I probably could have, but was too young and stupid to even think of looking up at night.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Your IR stuff is so cool. I’d love to try it in New York.
@debbie: It’s a bit of a challenge for folk east of the Mississippi to see the Milky Way, but it’s possible. Here’s the Dark Sky Finder, the place on the coast that I’ve been shooting at is ‘yellow’, the place in the mountains is ‘dark green’, Red Rock is ‘dark blue’. Yellow and green areas aren’t too hard to find, unless you live in the NYC, Philly, DC corridor.
@arrieve: It’d probably work well in Central Park( you need vegetation) with the city as a backdrop.
I was in between Dover and Durham, NH in the 1970s. We watched a lunar eclipse with binoculars. Back then it was plenty dark enough to see plenty of constellations, if not a view like yours of the Milky Way.
J R in WV
I am pretty sure that in most of America, if you can rent a car, or take a bus or train, you can be out into dark enough sky to see the Milky Way in 2 or 3 hours. State parks in PA, northern NY state, Maine, WV, western and southern VA, anywhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway or it’s northern Skyway Drive will get you there.
You don’t need a desert island, or Death Valley, if you’re on the East Coast, there’s plenty of dark sky, you just need to watch for clear skies over a weekend and have a plan. Google can show you sparsely populated rural areas, and a short drive from a small town motel around 10 pm gets you great viewing.
Borrow some binoculars from a birding friend and you’re really in business. Don’t mourn never seeing the wonders of the galaxy, make a plan.
I’m on yet another business trip, so expect a batch of photos from me soon.
@J R in WV: @J R in WV: Good advice.
@debbie: When I shoot, the Milky Way looks like a cloud visually. The camera picks up more of the color and it also uses a longer exposure, my more recent shots have used a MUCH LONGER exposure(measured in minutes), so there’s quite a bit more light getting to the camera’s sensor than what you’d see visually.
@J R in WV: Binoculars won’t be much help in seeing the Milky Way since it’s big, that’s why when you shoot it, you use a really wide angle lens. You are correct that you can see the Milky Way if you get out of the city, Some places will be better than others, if you get to a place where a city is NOT to the Southeast that’s probably the best place to view it. Of course you need to do this in the summer, the galactic center is not visible in the northern hemisphere in the winter.
J R in WV
I just did complete submission of one picture set, a near duplicate of one I did Tuesday or so of boulders around our house. Please let me know if you caught it on your end before I go through the process for the other sets I edited earlier this week.
Never send a cat to check seed levels in the bird feeders because they get hung up on the peanut count, every time.
Hey Alain :)
It’s ok. I will check in on Monday. Have a good weekend.
Hi Alain, this is just a note about accessing the site. For the past week, I have had very slow loading times and an inability to refresh using Firefox (for MacOS). Safari loads ok, but it does not retain name and email info.