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We needed to get up early to start a short trip so the alarm was set for 4:30 am. I rolled over to shut it off and out my bedroom window, I could see the aurora borealis making one huge pillar! I had no extra time for making photos but I did a few anyway and ate a nut bar for breakfast in the car. We arrived at our destination just in time.

The Aurora Borealis put on a pretty nice show last night.

The last four images are looking east.

The stars put on a good show too. I had hoped to make a blue hour blend but the app I had in hand, gave me incorrect information. It said the Milky Way would rise over the lone pine tree looking west across the lake but that is not how it happened. It appeared almost due south instead. I started making images around 8:00 and continued til 11:00 pm when the Milky Way was getting dimmer and air glow was increasing. Still lovely. And I had a warm campfire I shared with Luna. Sky prefers to go to bed early.

I probably need lessons in learning the night sky apps. They are not intuitive for me. Most night sky photos you see are blends or composites well planned out with the help of an app. Maybe I am too spontaneous to ever use one effectively.

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

It rained off and on all day yesterday and poured down hard in the evening. It rained so hard I could not see lights across the valley for a while. I don’t mind that. But then, I woke up at 2 am and the sky was clear and full of stars. I laid there for a while and finally talked myself into getting dressed, gathering my camera gear and going out in the dark. The dogs were confused and wanted to go out too but then they wanted in. Ken was out of town for work.

The moon had already set. The stars were uncountable. The night was dark. I ventured down the driveway and up the road a bit. I heard sounds of animals moving in the brush and hoped that none of them were cougars or angry deer. For the most part it was quiet except for the occasional vehicle on the highway down below. I saw a few shooting stars but none crossed my images.

When I was done, sleep eluded me for the longest time.

I’m still working on the process of processing these night sky images.

 

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