365 Project: Day 281

Day 281

Day 281… it was already below zero as we headed to the summit of the mountain. Every now and then we’d catch a glimpse through the trees of the light, spurring us on to the top. And when we arrived, we chipped away the frost and dodged the snow to set up our tripods, drawn to the light like so many moths…

This is Spectra. It shoots straight up for twelve kilometres. It goes higher than commercial airliners. You can see it from almost a hundred kilometres away. Or at least you could – it’s just been turned off. Permanently.  So where do the moths go now?

(David, how did yours turn out?)

365 Project: Day 281

9 thoughts on “365 Project: Day 281

  1. Andrew says:

    Hi there Tim. I noticed you dropped by my blog and I thought I’d reciprocate. There’s a lot of dross out there, but you’ve piqued my interest and I’ll be following your images and words with interest.

    Regarding the image, very nice! Was that taken this morning by any chance? If so then we probably glimpsed each other through layers of scarves/beanies and other sundry, yet futile attempts at warmth!

    I’m also interested in the location at which you took that image? It seems too low to have been taken from the top of Mt Wellington, and as the tag states 12mm I’m guessing it’s not a zoomed-in shot?

    Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the remainder of your 365 challenge (you’re a braver man than me!).


    1. Hi Andrew, thanks for your interest and your comment! This was taken Thursday night, but I imagine the cold was similar last night… The beanie and gloves worked for about five minutes, and after that not so much… This was taken from the summit – just down from the glass-fronted structure there. Perhaps it’s the wide-angle distortion making it seem lower? And it’s worth remembering that due to the four thirds crop factor, the 12mm ends up resembling 24mm…thanks for your well-wishes with the project too – surprisingly it’s becoming easier as time goes on… Something to do with momentum I suspect…

    1. Thanks! The light was part of the Dark Mofo winter arts festival in Hobart – it’s an installation piece by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda. Amazing artist – worth checking him out…

      1. She_Who_Hears says:

        I was thinking it was all your work. But this makes more sense. Even so, love your work in compiling and representing the work of other. Thanks for the reply. I will check him out.

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