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Jewel of Oregon

Type "L" to have the real, night, starry experience :-)

On Saturday, Valorie and I went up to the Star Party on Mt Hood, at Timberline Lodge. Wow! There was alot of people! Big telescopes were set up all over the place for visitors to look through and enjoy, friendly dogs trotted around happy to be playing in the dark, and the stars showed up in force.


The first half of the night was tame in regards to viewing stars because a half moon was shining big and bright in the sky. But, around Midnight, it dropped and the sky came alive.


Myself, Valorie, and Chip went down to Trillium Lake to look for Gary and Ted, but we could not find them at the boat dock we believed they were at. Valorie passed out asleep in the back of the car, Chip and I stayed up shooting timelapse and pictures. Since the moon dropped, the contrast in the sky was spectacular. And, even the Perseid meteors began streaking across the sky!


This was my first time shooting there at night and I was freaking out at how beautiful it is under the stars. It was certainly an incredible night.


Turns out Gary and Ted were only a couple hundred yards away at the lower end of the lake, both of them taking star shots and enjoying the night also. I was really bummed out to hear they were there and we went to the wrong spot, but... hard to complain now after working on this picture!


Thanks to all the folks involved in organizing the Star Party- it was good fun! Also, shout out to Joanna, Paulo, Chip, Gary, Ted, and Valorie whose company made the evening really nice :-)

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Taken on August 7, 2011