There’s not much else you could ask for on a Friday night than to be surrounded by good humans under a starry sky with cold brew in hand and lessons on long exposure and astronomy. Last night I had the amazing opportunity to cover “Under the Stars” with The Wild Creatives on behalf of Moshery. Upon arrival at the Powell Observatory in the open country fields of Louisburg, Kansas, we were instantly welcomed by the Wild Creatives Founder and head adventurer herself, Tara Shupe.
If you haven’t met this wonderful and warm soul, you absolutely should. Tara has an openness to human connection and desire to cultivate creativity with those around her that’s awe-inspiring. This intriguing individual is like the warm summer wind. She gives you the feeling you’ve always known her and that she has a deep, joyous story to tell you. The purpose of the Wild Creatives is one for the books. Simply put, it’s a channel to surround yourself with “like-minded #wildlycurious creative adventurers”. To explore the unknown, whether that’s great outdoors or creative spaces where you’ve yet to push yourself.
And it’s fair to say that last night delivered just that. We were able to listen to lessons on astronomy and marvel at astro photography images. We learned about the moon’s path and looked through a 30 inch mirror telescope to see the rings of Saturn. Tara and her crew provided cold brew in perfectly crafted tin cups and glass jars. Not to mention our “Let’s Picnic KC” boxes filled with smoky trail mix, s’more goodies and delicious seasoned popcorn. We met other creative humans and played with long exposure photography. It was amazing to see the different photography perspectives of those around you and to support one another as collaborative community.
I set out with my tripod, camera, 10 second shutter speed and the screen on my phone (for light painting images). I have always wanted to try long exposure photography and last night, I definitely got my fill. My good friend, Tiffany, accompanied me with the light painting and we just had a good time. We tried different perspectives, shutter speeds and overall pushed our creativity to a different level.
I can’t thank the Wild Creatives enough for putting on events such as these and I’m already counting down until their next adventure. Be sure to check them out at www.thewildcreatives.com and be #wildlycurious.