Vertical Milky Way

In order to capture any decent milky way photos, an area without any light pollution is required.  In addition high ISO (~ 2,000), high exposure (~ f2.8) and low shutter speed (~ 30 seconds) are also considered.  I spent the past weekend on our family farm located in norther Wisconsin.  Around midnight the surround was … Continue reading Vertical Milky Way

Hawaii Post #8 – Pearl Harbor

My most wanted place to see during this Hawaii trip is Pearl Harbor. Having heard, read, and watched about the Harbor many times, finally I could see it by myself.  We visited the Pacific Aviation Museum and learned the significant events in the history of aviation, especially the attack by Japanese on Dec 7, 1941. … Continue reading Hawaii Post #8 – Pearl Harbor

Hawaii Post #7 – Hanauma Bay

The Hanauma Bay at Honolulu was one of the best nature reserves around the world.  There the ocean is embraced by the mountains from three directions.  Close to the beaches the sea water of turquoise color is so clear that a person can easily see the textures of the reefs underneath and numerous fishes, sea … Continue reading Hawaii Post #7 – Hanauma Bay

Hawaii Post #6 – Sushi and Kimono

On the big island we visited brother in law and sister in law.  They recently retired and decided to settle down at Hawaii, part of reasons is that he has developed a deep passion on ocean during serving at navy and she likes to stay somewhere in the US but also close to her home … Continue reading Hawaii Post #6 – Sushi and Kimono

Hawaii Post #5 – Tropical Flowers

We saw many different kinds of plants and flowers when we stayed at Hawaii for two weeks.  Most of them were new to me because they are growing in tropical area and I am living at Minnesota. In the following group of selected flowers, I only know the "bird of paradise" (the first) and passion … Continue reading Hawaii Post #5 – Tropical Flowers

Hawaii Post #4 – Happiness with Families and Friends

During the trip to Hawaii, my husband and I decided to take our niece, Liu, with us in order to let the girl, the new student in UOM, to experience something different. On the Island of Hawaii, we visited our brother and his his Japanese wife, who taught us something in Japanese cultures.  Meanwhile Liu … Continue reading Hawaii Post #4 – Happiness with Families and Friends

Hawaii Post #3 – Magnificent Sunset

The trip to Hawaii gives me opportunities to capture the sunset scenes on ocean and above clouds, both of which are new and challenging to me. While the Sun was gradually going down to the horizon of sea, the reflections of its light in water mixed with the colorful clouds to provide the world with … Continue reading Hawaii Post #3 – Magnificent Sunset

Hawaii Post #2 – Volcanos and Lava Flows

There is an unbelievably number of volcanos around the Island of Hawaii, but luckily there is only one of them which is still active now - Kīlauea. A boat took us to a place in Pacific ocean which is close to where lave flowing from the volcano into water.  Within fifty feet from the lave flow … Continue reading Hawaii Post #2 – Volcanos and Lava Flows

Hawaii Post #1 – Firework at Independence Day

I haven't been updated my blog due to family vacation to Hawaii.  I have been truly missing our community at blogosphere! It took me a while in the post - production of thousands photos I took at the Island of Hawaii and Honolulu.  Here are the first group of the photos - the firework at … Continue reading Hawaii Post #1 – Firework at Independence Day

A Night on the City Wall

A Lunar New Year in China means family gathering, good foods, fun and shinning lights. The city of Xi'an is surrounded by a city wall, which was initiated around 1,400 years ago and completed around 600 years ago.  It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest … Continue reading A Night on the City Wall