I didn’t get to travel as much as I’d hoped this summer. But I still managed to get out of town a few times. I had an epic May long weekend in Tobermory with Nick Seman Photography and RC Photography. Then in June I snuck out of town by myself for a few days to Owen Sound and Huntsville.

One night near the end of June, there were some strong Aurora Borealis forecasts. So Nick and Paige Krause Photography invited me along to head north and see what we could find. Along the way we stopped at Rock Glen to shoot the waterfall under the stars. We ended up going as far as Goderich when we finally saw the Northern Lights glowing on the horizon.

We found a nice spot on a dirt road just outside of town, away from the light pollution and spent at least an hour shooting the light show.

Once I had done everything I could with the northern lights I turned my camera south and got a few quick shots of the Milky Way.

I’m hoping to get away at least one more time before the snow starts. I’m thinking Algonquin…

I like really love Krystal though and just…I really love that the writers did that. That they took someone they knew we’d immediately stereotype and judge and write off and then they allowed us, so quickly upon meeting her, to totally empathize with her. All the judgments slip away in place of love and support within one scene. One conversation.

And you have to realize: they’ve done that with every clone thus far. They show you this highly stereotyped generalized image and then allowed our perspectives of those images to alter completely. Sarah - all heavy eye-liner and tattered tights - calling about her daughter. Cosima - all miniskirts and hippie dreads - giving a homily about genetic development and evolution. Alison - a paranoid turtlenecks and landscaped lawn - willing to help the version of her that could have the one thing she couldn’t (biological kids). Helena - all cut-up back and crazy eyes - turned into a puppy at the slight sight of kindness.

And what’s interesting is that it takes no time for you to change your idea of these women. It doesn’t take hours of conversation and background research. In one fraction of a second, you see in them that tiny aspect of humanity that you see in yourself, and in that reflection you feel love - or at the very least you feel affection - and then even the idea of those past judgments are rendered utterly ridiculous.

And that’s important for this show. That’s WHAT’S important about this show. Surpassing stereotypes and judgments isn’t an impossible feat - in fact it’s incredibly easy. Loving the people beneath those stereotypes and judgments isn’t impossible either. And to learn more about the way you tick, you need to open yourself up to those fractions of moments where you are free to see yourself in those other people.

This has been a lesson in yet another reason why I love this show.