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Dark Skies in Owyhee Country | by Joshua Bury
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Dark Skies in Owyhee Country

After the awesome sunset at the Painted Hills the plan was to drive to Leslie Gulch. Now, I knew it would be a long drive and would probably get us there right before dawn but I didn't want to waste a sunrise on the road or in a campground! Of course my ulterior motive was to keep me up late enough to see and photograph the Summer (northern hemisphere) Milky Way. Of course, what better spot to see it than the dark skies in SE Oregon? (Some of the darkest in the US according to most light pollution maps.) Thank goodness there was a gas station open in Ontario!

 

As you can see, the driving paid off and, even though I was a little tired, I mustered up enough energy to get out of the car and take a few shots under those glorious skies (thanks to coffee and Red Bull). I'm glad I did too because by the time we arrived at the bottom of Leslie Gulch dawn had already started and the sky was well into it's morning blue hour. So I caught a few minutes of shuteye and then headed down to the lake shore for a nice sunrise. Getting ahead of myself...

 

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Happy Thursday!

 

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Taken on April 16, 2010