365 Photo Project - Day 6 - Of Creeks and Stars

Day 6 - Of Creeks and Stars

Growing up our back gate opened up to a massive flood control ditch that handled all the extra rain water for the area. My brothers and I just called it "The Creek". It was magical. The creek was down the hill behind our fence, and on the other side of the creek was miles and miles of untouched wood owned by the rail company. This little slice of the peace and quiet amidst Suburbia, Houston. Much of our childhood was spent exploring the creek and the woods, catching tadpoles in the water, playing paintball in the trees, riding our bikes, lighting fireworks, among so many other activities. At night I used to lay down on a concrete slab around the bend from my house and look at the stars.

There's this small pond in my neighborhood, so small, in fact, I could toss a rock onto the opposite shore from any point. But most of the time as I drive past this tiny pond, I see young boys fishing, or traipsing through the mud. It looks like a small pond to me, but to this young boys it's a world full of possibility, of fish to catch and adventures to be had. It briefly takes me back to my time as a child, playing in the creek.

Living on the outskirts of Dallas, we don't get to see many stars, but I cherish the ones that do shine through. Tonight, I wanted to capture that pond, but with the wonder that these children see it. I left the shutter open long enough to let those few stars make their way onto the exposure.

You can view high resolution images on my flickr.


  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: Kit 18-55mm
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Aperture: f3.5
  • Shutter: 5 seconds
  • ISO: 1600