Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Starry Nights

The Milky Way
Star Movement over 15-20min
A plane got into the middle of my shot. Incredible!

I spent the last 3 days in the beautiful island state of Tasmania. We stayed on a friend's farm, surrounded by nothing but fields and misty mountains. At night, the sky illuminated and we would huddle together in the freezing temperatures to watch the shooting stars and satellites travel above us.

These photos aren't perfect. I still need to play around with the settings to get a sharper image but regardless, they mean so much to me.

They represent a wonderful weekend. They represent a universe that I do not know. They make me feel small, but in the best way possible. 

There are millions upon millions of stars and galaxies in our skies that we cannot see, and sometimes our lack of vision leads us to believe we are the centre of our own world and the universe revolves around us.

But boy is that such a foolish way to think! Looking up at a starry sky you start to realise that we are far from being at the centre. Our Earth isn't even close, nor is our Sun. The universe expands out to infinite lengths and we are a tiny spec of a spec in that big open space.

We are small and tiny but yet our importance is great. Our tiny spec witnesses love and trust and beauty. We are a civilisation that is flawed yet we are so beautiful and for some reason, in this vast universe of ours, we exist.

The glory of God is present in these photos. You can see it, and even if you can't that's okay. I just hope you can see how beautiful our universe is and I hope it reminds you how small yet incredibly important we are.

What a beautiful reminder to go into this week with.

34 comments:

  1. oh samantha, these are incredible. there is almost nothing i love more than to gaze at the night sky. God's creation is so amazing and is a true testament to His greatness.
    i love your shots. they are amazing. glad you had a wonderful time
    -Abigail

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  2. These photos are amazing (as per usual). You're right about being a tiny spec of a spec. This post is everything. So good.

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  3. these are absolutely amazing! you have such talent!

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  4. wow these are breathtaking. I always thought I had a good view of the stars, but these are amazing.
    I love your story on how these stars stir up thoughts about our significance. the glory of God really is present in such beautiful parts of nature :)

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  5. Isn't it rad looking up at the sky and just thinking about how huge and great God is and how small we are? And yet He still cares about us so much. Beautiful post! And I love your photos! The long exposures look great to me!

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  6. wow super amazing photos and how awesome to spend a few days in Tasmania :) I've only been once but I fell in love with the place in just a week. It's so incredible to look at stars and to be reminded of how crazy huge our world/universe/existence is :)

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  7. Wow............... Incredible.... I am desperate for a chance to head out into the countryside and try to take similar shots. These are truly amazing. Beautiful words, too. x

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  8. WOW you can see stars like that in Tasmania? That's beautiful!

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    1. I didn't think so either. It was truly magical!

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  9. What do you mean these aren't perfect? These are stunning Sam, like wow.

    If only we could see this where we live!

    p.s I love the new layout. ;)

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  10. These photos are amazing Sam! I happen to really love stars and gazing at them is my kind of relaxation and stress buster. I really love this write up Sam... We are incredibly small but important. God is amazing.

    Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

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  11. these are incredible and what makes them more spectaular yet is what they represent to you. i just love how photography continually challenges our perspective of the world, life, ourselves... thank you for the reminder

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    1. Oh I'm glad my images challenge you. They challenge me and to hear that they can have that effect on others is a lovely thing.

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  12. THESE ARE SO STELLAR. (pun on the stellar ;)) oh mah stars.
    i'm completely blown away.

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  13. YES. <3 I've never been patient enough to get the Milky Way in my star shots, I think the longest I've left the shutter open is 50 seconds. But gosh, these are incredible! I'll have to try it someday. :)

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    1. Please do! It is so worth it. I have a remote so it makes it a little easier. I leave it and come back later and the results are just...wow!

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  14. Wow, these photos are incredible! Each time I read your blog, I'm amazed at the stunning photos that leave me, well, speechless. I've always wanted to capture photos like these because starry nights truly remind me of how great this world is and what an amazing Creator we have, too. :)

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  15. Oh gosh, I am SO GLAD I found your blog! I'm half Australian and spent a lot of my time growing up in and around Sydney. Now I live in London and I miss Aus so so so much. Your photography is beautiful and I can't wait to read more of your posts. I just followed you on bloglovin' off the back of this post and your 'about' alone!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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    1. Australia misses you :) come back and we can have coffee x

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  16. These photos are gorgeous!

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  17. These are stunning! You have a gift with the camera.

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  18. These photos are incredible! And I agree they do make you realize what a master artist God truly is! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Sam, these are so beautiful!

    I hope you had a fun time in Tasmania! It looked awesome :)

    Your new layout things are looking awesome too, I am loving your sidebar picture! xx

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  20. Sam, these are beautiful! Your photography continues to amaze me!
    and I completely understand what you mean by the wonderful feeling of realizing how small, yet loved we are :)

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  22. Sam, these photos have me speechless! What an awesome Creator our God is!

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  23. These pictures are crazy good! I would hang them in my home! They definitely do make me think of God!

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  24. oh my gosh these photos are so amazing! i would love to see stars like this.

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  25. these are amazing, samantha

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