Baseball with Benefits

It’s not what you’re thinking, but it was quite a night. The home team lost their final home game of the season, but the crowd left the stadium pretty cheery. Well, I know I did.

After all, in addition to an evening of baseball on a warm night with almost no breeze, we had balloons . . .

We had a blue super moon, or maybe a super blue moon, not to be seen again until 2037.

And we had bursting-in-air.


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10 Responses to Baseball with Benefits

  1. Tom Watson says:

    What great shots, Isabel. Topped off by a super moon shot!

  2. Never before has speedreading been so much fun! The blue moon was glorious here, too, but your shot of it rising demands superlatives. You could imagine that it’s a baseball topping the tree. Or some aliens cruising in to get a better view of strange human pastimes as a follow-up on the first fleet of invaders. Those balloons also look like Google map markers taking note of something special below them.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – I might have prepared better, at least in terms of what to expect. I really got lucky, just snapping one off. The moon looked orange-ish to the naked eye for longer than the camera would pick it up. My subsequent shots were just featureless white discs. I expect there’s a good optical reason for that, but I don’t know it.

  3. barbara carlson says:

    Baseball. Some of my happiest childhood memories: my daddy and I watching baseball on our little television screen. I learned team spirit, alas not sportsmanship. One season of Miss USA, my family of four had each picked our favourites, then sat enthralled with the show… Down to the final three beauties… my father’s favourite still in the running. When she didn’t win, and another equally gorgeous girl did, he stomped up to the TV, snapped it off and said, “She STINKS!”

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Fun memories of baseball – that’s great. As for “team spirit” versus “sportsmanship”, it’s a lesson lost on many of us. But then, holding those two good things in some kind of creative tension isn’t trivially easy.

  4. Judith Umbach says:

    Beautiful photos! It takes a lot to frame the clutter of a baseball stadium and make it look stunning. The balloons and the moon are excellently positioned in the photos.

    As for winning, a baseball team owner explained to me that in a game where usually more games are lost than won, there has to be more than the product on the field. Super blue moons was not one of the attractions he mentioned!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – Many thanks – about the photos and the insight into the business of baseball. Ottawa is not a baseball town, so attendance is never what we’d call robust, but with 2 thousand+ for this last home game, apparently they set a record for themselves and their league. It sure makes me wonder where the revenue is coming from!

  5. Mary Gibson says:

    Beautiful! Thank you!!

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