I was mystified about what they were doing, collecting huge bundles of tulips and unceremoniously tossing them in the back of a big truck!
Then, the next evening I was out on a rather gray day, very dull…until just before sunset when the clouds thinned a bit and the most magnificent colors popped out for a short while. The tractor was, of course a magnet.
The Night Sky Photo Tours 2016 Season has started! Getting out at night to capture images of the Milky Way is a wondrous experience. The crisp air, the urgent anticipation, the (hopefully!) successful end of your planning, all these add to the excitement.
If you would like more details on the technical side of capturing night sky images, sutter speeds, aperture and the like, here is a link.
To capture clear images of the bright stars you need to schedule your effort when there is no moon in the sky. Otherwise the stars are washed out by the brightness of the moon. On the Lunar calendar, the New Moon is where there is no moon in the sky.
Here is a schedule of the New Moon for the next few months:
The best times to go shoot the Milky Way are plus/minus 2 days of the New Moon.
There are two types of Night Sky Photo Tours: Drive-In Tours, where we drive to a location along the North Cascades Highway or the Mount Baker Highway and capture images AND Hike-In Tours where we don backpacks and hike into a more remote location, such as a Fire Lookout, to spend the night.
I visit the tulip fields in Skagit Valley many times each year. I try to go when the skies will be colorful. Its not easy to guess when that will be! These images are all from 2015. It was a rainy,wet day. Not the sort of day you’d think to go tulip hunting. But just as the sun started to set the skies cleared. here are a few image! More information on Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Photo Tours here!
“Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.”
Mount Rainier is a 3+ hour drive from my home. I live on the North Cascades Highway, right down the road from North Cascades National Park, and so I don’t make the drive down there too often, not often enough!
But I have ventured a few times south and here are some pictures of this magnificent park!