A full moon May 21, and a new site to try photographing it from had a friend and I out for the event.
I got a few and have put one in here, but for me it was another case of “just didn’t get what really pleased me”. But site was ideal, moon rising over a lake with a good place for us to have the tripods. It should work out nicely in the future, with luck there will be some colorful clouds, too.
We were about done with the moon, it was rising fast and getting very bright which meant a lot of contrast between it and the dark sky. As I was putting my gear away I happened to look west where the sun had set and noticed some low dark clouds with some lightning behind them. We quickly decided to move to a boat launch on the Gulf to see if we could get some lightning images. When we got there we found the storm was quite a ways north, which was fine, but there didn’t seem to be much action. Since it was a nice night, enough wind to keep away the bugs but not too cool we decided to get our gear out and see if anything developed. Good thing we did! We watched quite a show for over an hour, then it stopped as if someone had flipped a switch.
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Finally got a pretty clear night, with actual darkness, in Jasper so I went out to see if I could see the Milky Way. Jasper is recognized for its dark night sky and I can understand why. First place I went was right off a major highway and busy late at night, second place was much quieter but more clouds were moving in. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. I also went to Maligne Canyon and got a nice image of one of the large waterfalls there.
I left Jasper Thursday in the rain and it was a pretty wet drive with very low clouds all day and on Friday, too. Just south of Banff I got on Rt. 40, through the Kanananskis Valley, what a good road. What I could see of the countryside was lovely despite the low clouds and I know it would be really delightful in god weather. At Longivew I took 22 south, called the Cowboy Trail, to Pincher Creek. Another great road, through rolling hills, wide open spaces with cattle ranches, hayfields, very different from the mountains and glaciers!
Got into Glacier NP mid-day on Friday, overcast, wet and cold and it hasn’t let up any. I’m hoping for a break in the weather since the scenery here is spectacular but hard to see with the low clouds. Did get out to Many Glacier and watched a grizzly 1/2 way up a mountain with my binoculars.
Cherokee, NC, is a wonderful place to visit. One of the main entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains NP is there, as is the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fall foliage can be spectacular, too. Recently I took part in a Casita Rally in Cherokee. It was a wonderful event, seeing old friends, meeting & making new ones. I snuck out early to capture a sunrise, was surprised to find the moon setting then, too, and got a wonderful sunset image.
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Sunrise, Grant Tetons
Took 2 days to drive up to the Tetons from north rim of the Grand Canyon and it was a veyr nice trip. I headed up rt 89 through UT and WY. When I got a ways into WY it followed the Star Valley up to Jackson. That was nice, small towns (pop. 500 or so), lots of ranches, cattle and horses. Interesting to see how much of the land is irrigated.
I’m camped at Gros Ventre campground in the Tetons, convenient to both the park and Jackson. Have been out watching the local moose in the evenings. There is a herd of bison near the park that can be round anywhere along hte road at times, along with a few pronghorn antelope. I expect to see more of both when I get into Yellowstone. During hte day the clouds have been plentiful, making for lovely shots with the blue sky and puffy clouds, on the other hand using the solar for charging anything except the trailer battery is iffy but I’m managing.
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