goat rocks

August 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

This was from a backpacking trip a group of us went on to goat rocks area.  It was the peak night for the perseid meteor shower and this was my best shot of the meteors.  The mountain is Adams and this is looking south to the north side of the mountain.

 

 

 

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Once again Dylan rests by a frozen lake.  This is Goat lake.  Still frozen solid on Aug 12th !!

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Adams glacier meadows

August 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

These are from a short overnight trip to a backpacking location on the west side of Mt Adams.DSC_9510 copy-2-Edit

This is sunset looking up to the glacier on Adams.  Really a delightful place to be (other than the mosquitoes)

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There has been a lot of smoke in the air from all of the forest fires around.  It does add extra mood and color to the sunsets.  This is looking east toward Mt St Helens.

DSC_9573 glaciermeadowsdark The above shot was taken just after twilight so there was plenty of light to light up the foreground.  Below was later at night with no moon it was taken just with starlight.  Both images are of course blends of over 30 minutes of pictures to show the motion of the stars.  The smudgy cloud like areas below are just the milky way moving and the straight lines are airplanes not meteors.

 

 

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This is looking north early in the morning you can see Mt Rainer and the Goat Rocks area.

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South Sisters

August 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

The weekend of July 21 the family did a climb up South Sisters near Bend.  The mountain is 10,358 feet tall and is a volcano in the cascade range.  It was Dylan's first mountain summit and of course he did fine.  

This is taken near our campsite.  It was on the shore of a still frozen lake.  The mosquitoes at our campsite were awful (which is why Kelly has a bandana over her face).  But near the lake they were mild so we hung out there mostly.

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This is the view of broken top from the lake.  It was warm enough that little puddles of water would form on the surface but as soon as the sun went down they would freeze over.  

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This is south sisters the mountain we climbed the next morning (it is taller than it looks).  You can just see the ice crystals forming in the puddle.  I had to get very low and close to the edge of the lake to get the reflection but I would not want to fall in.

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Broken top at sunrise.  I was really hoping to have a puddle to grab a reflection in but it was frozen over.  

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The view from the summit.  (yes taco made the climb too).  That is middle and north sister with Jefferson, Hood and Adams off in the distance.   There are a couple of more pictures in the whats new folder if you want to see more.

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Sleepless nights

August 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

So the other night at 3 am I couldn't sleep and it was a full moon and I kept wondering what a picture that I had been scouting might look like under moon light with a star trail.  Well 30 min later I was by the side of the road.  I am pretty happy with the result.  Some of the flowers are a little blurry since the exposure was over 25 seconds long but otherwise I am pleased.  Those are a farm of echinacea and the Mountain is Adams by the way.

 

 

 

A couple nights later The perseid meteor shower was near peaking so I headed up to Mount Hood for a couple of tries.  I got a few shots that had meteors but not as many as I had hoped.

 

 

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You can see a faint meteor in the middle of the milky way

 

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Fourth of July

July 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

DSC_8018 copy-2 These are some recent shots from the fourth of July.  We drove up high into the hills of Washington to try and get a unique view of the fireworks looking down the gorge.  We raced to get there just before Sunset and I was able to quickly make this panorama.

 

DSC_8081 This is the shot that I came up with.  I am pretty happy although I wish I was closer in to the fireworks to make them look larger.  Its hard to tell from this distance but there is a large boat with a helicopter on it in the middle of the river just above the bridge and rumor is that it was Paul Allen's boat.

 

DSC_8089 This is Dylan standing on the bluff.  He is blurry since it was a 25 second exposure.


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