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Solar Winds (thanks Greg)

Finally- Star Trails!!

Single Exposure, 1 hourish, LENR

 

This is the radio tower on top of Mary's Peak in the Coastal Range. Props to Chris for posting pics from this spot and getting me interested to go try the same.

 

I've been watching the weather forecast hoping for a clear night prediction- finally one came! And then, in the afternoon, before heading out, the clear sky forecast was changed. With finger crossed, I still went out. The lower circumference of the sky was continually layered in the clouds, but the patch directly overhead stayed clear for most of the time. It feels like it's been ages since I've done a star trail shot, so I felt rusty setting things up and taking a guess at ISO and f/stop levels.

I set it all up, clicked my cable release, set my alarm on my phone and curled up in my bivy sack to get some sleep.

 

I slept through the alarm, but woke up not too late, and as I crawled out of my bag, Chris' dog Sarah silently padded up to me and gave me a good fright as her Black Lab silhouette materialized out of the 3am darkness!

 

This shot turned out nicely and Chris and I enjoyed the rest of the early dawn and sunrise high above most everyone else asleep below us.

As morning came, the Cascade Range glowed to life as Hood, Jefferson, St Helens, Adams, Sisters, and we think even Ranier stood proud on the wide horizon.

 

The view up there is stunning.

I'm not to confident I got any good sunrise shots, although it was a beautiful sunrise. Oh- and there's a friendly Chukkar on top that I got a video of. I'll post that next.

 

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Taken on May 7, 2010