04/09 Zion NP Day 4 Night Skies and other things

April 09, 2018  •  3 Comments

Was up very early this morning, 2 AM, to catch some night skies.  I used two cameras.  One to catch star trails (several images stacked together to show the rotation of the stars) and another to catch the Milky Way.  I took several series.  The above image is one of star trails and the one below is of the Milky Way (wasn't a very spectacular display this morning).

I left from taking night shots to go to what is known as the Canyon Overlook.  This is a mile long climb across mountain ledges in the dark. (I can hear my wife cringing now.)  Actually I had a headlamp and the  trail was pretty well marked.  I got to the top in time for sunrise which was not all that spectacular.  What is good for night sky shots (clear skies) is not good for sunrise/sunset shots.  Here are some shots from that journey which included a trip along the road to the east entrance to Zion NP.

After this trip I went back to the campground for lunch and a nap.  Headed back into the park and hopped a shuttle all the way to the northernmost stop where the narrows are.  There is also a nice riverside trail that I walked all the way to the narrows and back.  Here are a few images from that walk.


Comments

Rick(non-registered)
Nice star trails. I no that was one of the things you really wanted to capture. I had to grin when I saw the picture of the tree rat! A favorite of yours I know!
Jim(non-registered)
First photo makes me a bit dizzy. Doing cookies in your PU? I was wondering when you were going to include a photo of one of your furry friends who seem to show up wherever you go. Seen any climbers on the rock cliffs?
Julie(non-registered)
Star trails sure a cool shot. Sorry Milky Way not so spectacular. Cute squirrel shot. Oh yeah night trails had me sighing not cringing. You keep saying not to worry so I'm not. You are insured for a lot for accidental death right?
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