Starry Night

First, I need to apologize for my lack of posting lately, it seems that life has been in the way of photographing anything recently.  I’ll try to get out photgraphing more often so I can post more often.

Anyway, recently I’ve been wanting to photograph the Milky Way, and the best time to do it is during or close to a New Moon.  The most recent one was this past Sunday, so Monday night I went up on a hill near Zion National Park to capture our Galaxy in all its glory.  I got up there before sunset to get everything ready for the night’s adventure.  While I was waiting for it to get dark, I decided to get some sunset photos of the surrounding peaks.

Here is the Watchman in all its splendor:IMG_0842.jpg

Also, here is the West Temple, with neighboring Mount Kinesava:IMG_0829.jpg

Not to be out done, but here are the Eagle’s Crags: IMG_0801.jpg

I also chanced upon some wild flowers that were still in bloom:   IMG_0851.jpg

When it came time to actually photograph the Milky Way, I spent the next couple of hours photographing away, enjoying the view of the night sky, and basking in the solitude of the mountain.  When I got home and processed the images, I realized that my camera was out of focus the entire time!  The thumbnails looked great, but at full size every image was fuzzy and out of focus except the sunset shots.

Life can be out of focus sometimes, even though we’re looking at it and everything seems to be in focus and on track, then we view the experiences from a distance or as a thumbnail it seems to be in focus, but when analyzed and viewed up close, its blurry and out of focus and needs to be fixed or done over.  The only real way to change that is to get out there and redo what should have been done the first time, having learned from that mistake and made everything in focus and better all around.

I did the only thing I could do, and that was to go back out and try again.  Even though the moon is waxing and staying up longer, it didn’t affect the images in any way.  In fact it helped.  I was having the same issue as before of having the camera out of focus, so I focused on the moon and got some great shots of the Waxing Crescent Moon.

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The bright star below the moon  on the horizon is actually Venus!  Anyway, I got settled in, and had a small red lantern on so I wouldn’t be stumbling all over the place in the dark.  Well, I later discovered there were some unexpected benefits from that light.  I was also able to fix the focus issue of the camera and got some beautiful shots of the night sky.

Here is the Milky Way in all its beauty and splendor!

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Enjoy!

Kelly

Triumph

Wow! It’s been an amazing month! I’ve been posting a daily photo for the month of November. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now, but with work it’s been difficult. I’ll do my best to keep this up with my recent adventures hiking.

So, with no further ado, here is one of my favorite shots of the Watchman Mountain in Zion National Park. It’s a perfect storm of conditions that were present at the time.

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Cloudburst!!

This past weekend was absolutely crazy!  The hardest part was saying goodbye to a friend who lost his life in a bad fall from a cliff.  His memory will live on in us who knew him.  He will be greatly missed.

Then on Saturday last, I was having dinner with some friends in Springdale, Utah at the Pizza Noodle.  Just as we left the restaurant, it started to rain.  I looked over at the cliffs of Zion, and it was raining so hard, I couldn’t see the cliffs (only a half mile away).  I then got in my car to drive away, when I noticed several people gathered on the sidewalk looking to the east, and I’m thinking: “What are they looking at?”  Then I saw it!  I had to get some pictures of this, because I haven’t seen one in a LONG time!  Well, you’re probably wondering what I’m referring to.  Well, take a look!

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Do you see it?  No?  Well, take a look at this one:

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See it yet?  Of course you do!  Try this one?

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Aren’t these amazing?  It’s not very often you see a rainbow over the Watchman Mountain, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow over this mountain like this.  I had to stop taking pictures because the rain started to really come down.  I decided it was time to get for the canyon to see if I could find any waterfalls.  Boy, did I ever!  Not only was there waterfalls from the cliffs, but there were waterfalls across the road!  I think they are called flash floods!  Take a look:

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I came around the corner and saw this coming towards me.  Here’s a closeup:

CRW_0908Not a pretty sight, especially if you have to go through it!  Technically, you’re not supposed to drive through a flash flood, but . . .

CRW_0912I must confess, I also drove through the flash flood.  There were tree limbs and debris of all sorts in the road and it was kind of scary to drive through!  I only did it to get home!  (I know, excuses sometimes justify stupidity.)  But I had to see the waterfalls! Like this one off the Twin Brothers right above the flooded road:

CRW_0911All this water was coming down to the road.  Crazy, huh?!

I also had to see Employee Falls flowing!  When it really comes down, watch out!

CRW_0924This is right behind the area where I live.  It’s been a little over a year since I’ve seen a waterfall come down this canyon.  When it does, it’s quite impressive!  Here’s a closeup of the waterfall:

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I hope you enjoy these images as much as i had fun taking them!

Remember, life is precious and every day is a gift, that’s why it’s called the Present!

Kelly