Earlier this month I had the chance to stop for a few nights at City of Rocks SP north of Deming, NM. Several friends have stayed there and their reports have always been good ones so I wanted to experience the place. What a nice state park, sites are good sized, generally not close together and best of all they are close to or set in among the rocks.
I took a few images during the day then got out the evening of the full moon to capture the
Moonlight on the rocks
moonlight on the rocks. I don’t often get such interesting foreground lit by the moon so it was fun.
The last night I was there there was enough time before the moon rose to capture the glory of the stars in a really dark sky. I used a light to paint the rocks just a bit. The zodiacal light was visible, too, and since it is a rare thing it was really nice to capture it with the rocks.
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Weather finally broke a bit so I drove down to Chiricahua National Monument to check it out. I found the rock formations reminded me a bit of Bryce Canyon, yet they are very different color and have lots of green moss (or something) on them.
More clouds than sun today but it was a good trip. While I was there I checked out the campground and I’ll see if I can get in there later this winter. I think it would be very interesting do try some photography there with good moonlight.
It’s been cold and rainy here in Willcox but it had snowed a bit at the higher elevations.
I’m camping at Fall Creek Falls SP in Tennessee for this week, have a list of waterfalls I’d like to photograph and am getting lots of exercise! Hikes to the falls vary and than heavens the weather has been sunny but not too hot.
Fall Creek Falls
Water in a lot of places is extremely low, making some of the waterfalls more like water drips. Oh well,so far I’ve found some rewarding ones to make up for the less than exciting ones.
Twin Falls, Rock Island SP
Twin Falls, is made up of many waterfalls, from biggies to much smaller ones. Lots of choices there for photographers.
Today I went way north to Northrup Falls, challenging hike to the falls but rewarding since the trail takes you right behind the falls.
Northrup Falls, Colditz Cove State Natural Area
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The adventure has begun. I decided to stop at Badlands NP on the way to Alaska. Back in 2012 I visited here for a few days and since I’ve started doing night photography I thought this area would provide some impressive foregrounds for the Milky Way. Unfortunately Mother Nature isn’t up on the game plan. The last 2 nights were cloudy, so I made the best of it and got some nice images of lightning over the area.
At Pinnacles Overlook
Storm clouds and lightning over the Badlands.
There has been some sunshine and the Big Horn sheep have been in their usual location so I tried using my new-to-me telephoto and am pleased with the results. The young ones are fun to watch as they romp around. They romp with abandon for a while then crash and sleep.They’re also very curious and at one point got so close I couldn’t focus the lens, right about then one of the ewes came along and shooed them away.
A visit to the area isn’t complete unless you stop by Wall Drug in Wall, SD. It may have started out as one store but it has expanded over the years, now occupying many square feet, and carrying a large variety of items. As much fun as shopping is looking at the many displays.
Very intricate stained glass window above one of the entrances to Wall Drug.
Patience paid off and Sunday night I was able to photograph the Milky Way over some of the peaks in the park.
Milky Way over the Badlands, after moon set
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