I scoped out this log in the lake at Little Black Creek Campground in Lumberton, Mississippi on our annual boys Christmas camping trip. I envisioned a beautiful sunset behind the log and across the lake. My idea was to wait until the last evening to attempt the shot. I grabbed my wide angle lens, tripod, and rubber boots and left the group by the campfire. I had a mission to complete. As I walked the shore, I noticed the sky had not one single cloud. This was disappointing because its not what I had in mind for the photo.I set up and took a few photos anyways. I wasn't very excited, but you win some and you lose some. No big deal, I was ready to get back to the fire!!! It was a cold evening. Later on that night, we all decided to take a late night walk along the lake. When I stepped out of the wooded trail and onto the shore of the open lake, my breath was taken away by the view of the stars. We instantly noticed the milkyway above, and could see millions of stars. When we got back to camp, I told the boys......I'll be back in about an hour. I brought my gear, my boots, and my LED color changing flashlight along. I waded out into the cold dark shallow water of the lake back to the abandoned log and set up shop. Instead of the sunset, I got this amazing view of God's galaxy and I tweaked it a little with some light painting on the log. Green was the color of choice. I chose the name Apotamkin, meaning sea creature in Native American translation. The campground is full of artifacts, and is rich in native American history. Here is wikipidea's definition of Apotamkin.
The Apotamkin (also spelled apotampkin) is a creature in Native American mythology. According to the mythology, it is a giant fanged sea monster that lives in the Passamaquoddy Bay and pulls people in to eat them, particularly careless children. It is said to have long red hair, and in some versions, it was a human woman before being changed into a serpent. One interpretation of Apotamkin myth is that it was used to instill fear into children to keep them from venturing into areas alone and without parental guidance.