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Night Sky

Jul 302013
 

Have you ever been up close to the infamous Hollywood sign?  I’ve seen it many times on visits to the LA area as well as many more times on the screen.  But, this is the first time I got up so close.  And whereas other photos I took on this little beauty of a hike show more of a close-up of the sign, I happen to like this one.  I mean, who doesn’t love the night sky?  I sure do.  I started up the trail with the sun still up, but I wandered around a bit and took my time.  Eventually, the sun set and the stars started showing themselves.  Orion and Venus became prominent.  Quiet and Hollywood don’t often go together, but they sure did here on this night.

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Feb 192013
 

One evening, not long ago, I stepped out onto my back deck and looked up.  Wow.  An incredibly prominent ring around the moon was not only visible, but quite bright, as well.  So, duh, I set up camera and tripod to see what I could capture.  I love the night sky, especially in winter, and I don’t make nearly enough images of something I have only to look up to see.  Well, on this night, it was all here: moon with ring; the twins Castor and Pollux of Gemini inside the ring on the left; orion half in and half out, with its belt right on the ring in the lower right; and Jupiter just outside the ring, shining brightly in the upper right.  The blessings of a heavenly angel shining its cosmic energies down to Earth.

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Jun 022012
 

I made sure all the settings were right, then pointed my camera towards the north star, engaged the shutter and just sat down.  And I sat, and waited and took in the growing darkness and the rest of the night sky.  An exercise in patience and the art of self distraction.  It’s kind of like meditation, in a way.  I left the camera shutter open for an hour or more and let myself do other things.  Like gazing at the night sky and sitting.  And every once in a while, waiting and talking to myself.  “Not yet, not yet.  Take a walk around in the dark and look at the beauty of the desert sky.”  Night time in the desert is awesome!

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Apr 102012
 

I love a colorful sky.  My favorite is the combo of deep blue and orange.  That’s probably why this is one of my favorite photos.  It was taken from the top of Sentinel Dome in one of my favorite locations; Yosemite National Park.  Anywhere in Yosemite is great.  I could have stayed here and just stared at the sky all night long.  Then, all I would have had to do is turn around at dawn and watch the sun rise…  Well, I can dream, can’t I?

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Feb 052012
 

When I was up in the Big Pine Lakes area of the Sierras last summer I became mesmerized by the brilliance of the night sky.  Being alone in the mountains at night at 11,000 feet can be an exhilarating experience; especially with no moon to give at least some light to the area.  So… the stars became my friends.  With the long exposure time of the photo you can really see the different color of each star shine forth.

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