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The photography after dark class wrapped up this week and one of my highlights was making star trails. This was a first for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard to find places with genuinely dark skies. I go out at night and try to point my camera away from all street lights and porch lights and security lights that dot our valley and hillsides.

Looking south, the glow from Twisp

 

I don’t know where the yellow glow behind Patterson Mountain comes from – Bellingham?

Is that a distant galaxy to the right of the tree?

 

Tiny Winthrop makes lots of light, perhaps a bit of Aurora too.

Once a year in Winthrop, there is a six-legged race where a dog stays attached to a person wearing skis sponsored by Methow Trails! As you might imagine, it is a fun and exciting event. And if racing isn’t enough, it’s also a costume contest! People in the Methow Valley love to play dress up. The day starts with a costume parade and then the judges confer as to who will be in the finals for best costume. The prize for best costume is the coveted golden poodle, a traveling trophy. Then there are the races. This year there was a kids’ race, a ski joring race, a little dogs race and then the big dogs. There are plenty of big dogs (must be another Methow thing) so there were three heats of big dogs and then a final. And after all the racing, the finalists for the best costume, again parade past the crowd and the winner is decided by who gets the most applause and cheering. There are three highly skilled judges for this. All in all it’s a darned good time!

Last weekend’s full moon – the Snow Moon.

Coming up Saturday, going down Sunday and back up that night.

 

Saturday night

Sunday morning

At the far right, you can see the morning alpenglow touching Mt Gardner

Sunday night

Snow Moon

I started a class in After Dark Photography last night. It is sponsored by The Methow Conservancy and taught by Ryan Bell. A group of eight of us listened to Ryan talk about exposure and how to use it create our own images with limited light and went outside at dusk to see what we could do. We started at the Conservancy office and then walked across the river to the Winthrop Ice Rink and then back to downtown Winthrop. It was fun to get out and make photos with other enthusiastic people, not afraid of the dark. There are many lights around town so it hardly seemed dark. Our next assignment is the full moon. Hoping for clear skies.

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