Cold, Cold Sky

Cold, cold heart.

Cold. Cold. Cold sky. It looks like a winter sky. It is a winter sky. I suppose that’s because it’s winter. I like winter. The air feels good to me. My energy rises as opposed to summer when I slink about in the shadows.

It looks we have another week of interesting events. Never in history has a president been impeached twice. Never has one been convicted in the Senate. It could happen if the House waits until we have a new president, and senate majority.

I think that enough Republicans have had enough that they will cross the aisle. Somewhere I read that they would not delay the House’s one day proceeding. We’ll see.

I know. I promised no more politics. But, a friend asked how are artists supposed to tune this stuff out and “stay in their lanes?” I dislike that phrase. Trust me. If you tell me to stay in my lane the first person I’m coming for is you. I’d rather not, but that’s up to you.

Besides, this is history. Once upon a time I documented its first draft. I may again.

The domestic terrorists are headed to each state capital. They’ve put the fear of God into New Orleans City Council. They are making plans if they come here even though we aren’t the state capital. Baton Rouge is.

All I have to say is don’t come to a blue city in the middle of a red state. Don’t do it. As Bob Dylan wrote, “I’m armed to the teeth and you won’t get out of here unscathed.”

Don’t try to start a civil war. As they say, “War is hell.”

Me? I prefer peace in all cases. Swear in a new president and let him do what he can to unify this country.

Doesn’t that sound like a better idea?

Well, doesn’t it?

Stay safe. Stay Strong. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Look after each other. Enjoy the night.

Night time is the right time. Once upon a time I made my career working at night.

Now, not so much.

There is something about working at night that just makes pictures so much more interesting.

Night hides things. Night makes the scene so much more mysterious. Colors shift. Things turn spooky. If you like motion, subjects can streak, shimmer and shine.

And, so much more.

Ask if you want to know more. Ask if you want to learn some techniques of night photography.

They say you need a tripod if you work at night. They are probably right. But, because I work in some funky places, I have to shoot and scoot.


I could have ended up in the hospital or dead while my gear ended up in a pawn brokers shop.

You can hand hold your camera at night if you learn some bracing and steadying techniques. Once again, please ask if you want to know more.

This picture is hand held. The exposure is a little weird, but that’s because I was also holding the leash of a straining cocker spaniel.

Yes. The moon was very yellow that night.

Oh, I made this picture on the first or second night of my holiday hiatus. For what that’s worth.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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