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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Our trip was cut short and I’m sorry to have ended the posts rather abruptly. We got home OK and I’ve helped Donna get some great mods done on her Casita.
Milky Way at Shell Mound, Lower Suwannee NWR
Fortunately we’ve had a couple of decent nights out, the first was an extremely clear night a good friend an I went to Shell Mound. It was about the best view of the Milky Way we’ve ever had.
We watched as a storm grew over Cedar Key and caught some of the lightning.
Milky Way and storm over Cedar Key, FL
Even the north end of the Milky Way was clear.
A couple of night later I went to Yankeetown with friends. The Perseid Meteor Shower was supposed to peak and we were hoping to
Storm over Withlacoochee Bay, FL
photograph a few. There was a big storm north of where we stopped and we got to see some very interesting cloud formations lit up by the lightning.
Very late the storm subsided and the clouds cleared a bit. The next morning I discovered I had captured a meteor after all.
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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Night Photography is both interesting and challenging. Soon after I got home from the trip out west a good friend and I went out to try to capture the 4th of July fireworks.It was a good thing we went to the local ones on the 3rd because the ones on the 4th were rained out.
July 3rd, 2013
Summer Storm over the Gulf
We’ve found a “local” spot that except for a large power plant is relatively dark, making for some nice night images. This one includes a storm over the Gulf and the Milky Way in all its glory. Sure makes the storm look insignificant.
We couldn’t pass up the chance to try to capture some meteors during the recent Perseids meteor shower. After 4 late nights and many hours we did get a few but I suspect viewing was much better further north in the States. Star trails are a new adventure for me and this one includes 2 meteors.
August Perseids Meteor
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Arrived at Riverside Oasis RV park in Moab Sunday May 5 in the afternoon. Got settled in and took a quick drive to Arches NP, just a couple of miles up the road. Mostly went to get a map and a bit of a feel for the layout. The drive, views, buttes and bridges are spectacular. Monday morning I was in the park shortly after 8 am to take a few photos but it was very cloudy so I didn’t stay long. In the evening, after a cold mid day rain I headed back into the park. Got a few shots with evening light and watched as a storm moved in. I decided to stay where I was and wait out the storm, glad I did because it made for some nice photos.
Balanced Rock with storm clouds moving in
Turret Arch in the rain
Balanced Rock, after the storm
Tuesday morning I left the rv park at 0630 to get some more early shots, good thing I did. The clear sky and clouds made for some great shots but I could see clouds moving in yet again. Temps were in the high 40s with a wind and I hadn’t prepared for that so I left.
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