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Monday, February 9, 2009

A Seagull for Pauline

A good friend of mine, Bob Eggleton, lost his mother last week. Bob called to tell me the news and as we spoke he mentioned in passing that his mother always loved seagulls. It was a theme with her. Ironically, I had just returned from an imaging trip where I shot IC 2177 -- the "Seagull" nebula. Hmmm...

Although I shot 4 hours worth of exposure, I intended to record more image data through a Ha filter to grab much more hydrogen emission detail and really do this object justice. But Kim and I were going to go to Providence for Pauline Eggleton's memorial service (which was actually one of the best memorial services I've seen) and I wanted to take something to Bob I felt he would appreciate more than just flowers or the usual tokens. See, Bob is a professional artist who has painted many fantastic space scenes and, well, this just felt "right". So I tried my best to process what I had and create a print to honor Bob's mother.

This one is for Pauline -- Godspeed.


Bob Eggleton (Zillabob) said...

Thanks John, it was heartfelt as was your presence. Despite ALL the crap we've been going through lately...

Marianne said...

The 'Seagull' nebula photo looks beautiful on the wall next to Pauline's smiling face - a photograph of her we love. Many thanks to you and Kim for coming all that way to help send her spirit onwards. It meant a lot that you were there.

We love you guys. :-)


Ken Mitchroney said...

A beautiful image and a fitting tribute. Well done John.