Sleepless Night

What do you do on a sleepless night (if you ever have one of those)?  Recently I faced that situation.  I ended up in the office and looked out at the sodium vapor light that illuminates our house and barn and at night.

My view of that light from the office is through the limbs of an apple tree that is not properly pruned.  (If it bore good apples, I’d take the time and expend the effort to prune the tree for good production.  I’ve done that before.)

On this particularly night we had received a light snow that had frosted the branches of the apple tree.  It made for an interesting sight.


I processed the image with Photoshop Elements to get an image that is more like what my eye perceived.  It is only an approximation.

Reminds me of a giant spider web.  Or maybe it’s a mutant sponge.

I thought that flash might help so I tried using that.  With this result:


All the beautiful colors went away.  Some sparkles from ice appeared, but this image only leaves me feeling cold.

I’m happy to report that after a medication change, I’ve not had any sleepless nights for some time now.  I like that better.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

14 thoughts on “Sleepless Night

  1. I have many of these nights.
    I was terrible fear initially, for.I have to work in the morning.
    But there was no point to be so, I gave up, waited for the morning, took a bath, and went to work.

  2. I liked that you grabbed your camera. I usually lie there, tossing and turning….and worrying about things that are unimportant come daylight. I think I shall try the camera next time. Do you edit in the middle of the night too? 🙂

    Glad the medication change will fix the insomnia.

    Merry Christmas to you and Sylvia and the entire family!

    • You must capture the image when you can. No, I don’t edit images in the middle of the night.

      The med change has resulted in me being back on a normal sleep schedule. That is a tremendous relief.

      Thanks, and a Merry Christmas to you and Joe and the rest of your family too.

  3. There is not way that I could choose between these two pictures !! I like both of them, and they make me think of some of the abstract paintings that I see from time to time.

  4. The one that leaves you cold reminds me of sponges underwater (probably because you said ‘sponge’ and the power of suggestion is at play), so I think it’s warm. In the proper context though, I can see it having a cold effect. 😉 Glad you’re getting some sleep now! :laff: :hkitty: :dance:

  5. Sleepless nights sadly
    fill way too much of my time.
    Will try camera.

    Seems to have given you nice results.

    • I could not capture that image tonight. Like so many aspects and items in life, it has changed.

      I hope you find rest.
      Though your mind races onward,
      May peace o’er take you.

  6. Practicing photography seems a good way to pass lonely night hours. Both pictures are beautiful. I like the color of the first picture, but there is something intriquing about the white branches with the moon peeking through.

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