Granite Park - 53 Minutes (edited)
Except for a hike to the summit of Mount Whitney, this is the highest altitude I have backpacked to. Unspoiled, beautiful, and breathtaking. Indeed at 12,500 feet it is literally breath taking as the thinner air means more inhalation and exhalation to get the normal amount of oxygen in your blood. It's worth every bit of extra effort though! This photo was taken at approximately 11,600 feet.
To see this place in the daytime is every bit as thrilling as viewing it in moonlight as here.
You're probably wondering what those streaks are... meteors? Airplanes? Cosmic Radiation? Well, they are stars!
This image was created from 53 minutes of 1 minute photos taken in Granite Park in the High Sierras of California. I prefer longer exposures, but the moon was nearly full which was a blessing for lighting the foreground and a curse for obtaining longer star trails or trails with more stars.
Compare this with:
The 44 minute (original) version and the
113 Minute version.
If you like this, I bet you'll also like my (son of) Bristlecone Pine Star Circle as well.
Oh, and you might want to see this shot a little bit bigger.
This image was chosen as "Photo of the Day" on Merzeta.
7/20/2010: This image was chosen for further selection (short listed) by the Royal Observatory for the "Astronomy Photographer of the Year" competition, 2010.
January, 2011: This image was published in Intelligent Life Volume 4, Issue 3, Spring 2011, pp 144-145. A publication of the Economist
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