Silent Nightphoto by Don Brockmeier

Silent Night

During the craziness that precedes the holidays, Nebraska Rural Living would like to share a moment of serenity with you. Consider it our gift to you this December.

Silent Night
photo by Don Brockmeier

We have shared photos from Eustis photographer Don Brockmeier with you many times, but we felt these photos from him are a perfect complement to our December issue. Several years ago, he was driving out to the country to capture a blue moon when he looked up and found the perfect scene. The blue moon was suspended over downtown Eustis, illuminating what he likes to call “Silent Night.”

Silent Night
photo by Don Brockmeier

The second picture was captured in 2013. A full moon was out and Don was patient. He waited until the moon was just above St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis. Then he adjusted his camera settings, crouched down, and shot this starry effect of the moon appearing to crown the top of the steeple. Every time he looks at this picture, he is reminded of Christmas.

“I can forget about the rest of the world, the busyness, the news,” Don said of his photography. “Some people go for a walk or a run to clear their minds. I can go out and sit for hours to catch the perfect photo.”

Take a deep breath. Release the stress. Be in the moment.

Happy Holidays from Nebraska Rural Living


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