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Saturn Peeking

Just to prove I can still do some sort of deep space astrophotography, I present Saturn Peeking. This was taken with my backup Canon 6D and consists of 78 1 minute exposures with a Nikkor 180 2.8 lens at f/2.8. It’s not Rogelio grade but I still like it. Hopefully you will too.

More on this region one of the most colorful in the sky: The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions. Rho Ophiuchi itself is a binary star system visible in the light-colored region on the image. The star system, located only 400 light years away, is distinguished by its colorful surroundings, which include a red emission nebula and numerous light and dark brown dust lanes. Near the upper right of the Rho Ophiuchi molecular cloud system is the yellow star Antares, In the middle top is Saturn, peeking in on this fabulous scene.
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Please view Full Size. I uploaded it at full resolution. Anyone have a star count?

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Peace. In this world that is full of outrage and unrest, let me offer you Peace. There is peace in the world. There is beauty in the world. It’s almost everywhere. It’s in a lake, nestled in the mountains the stars flitting about on its surface. It’s in billions of spots and it’s free. Take time, no make time, to find your inner peace and attune yourself to all the things that are right in the world. Breathe, relax enjoy this crazy ride we are all on to the fullest. This advice like my images I offer you freely. Please pass it on, the world needs it more today than ever.

I normally give a writeup about the image and I will be brief this time. This little lake is just outside the east gate of Yosemite and is a beauty. I finally got a calm night and the resulting reflection.

Remember my friends be kind to one another, other people are stressed and afraid. Give them comfort and succor. We have had enough violence and tragedy. Never forget the beautiful world that surrounds us and never, ever miss peace and beauty, wherever you are. Namaste.


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Homage. No tree on earth is older than the Bristlecone Pines in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Not a single living thing is older than the trees here. The trees here are almost 5,000 years old.with germination dates as far back as 2880 BCE. Older than the pyramids!

But that length of time is a speck compared to the Milky Way and the universe. These bristlecone pine trees have died and reach their branches up to the true masters of time. The Milky Way and beyond, the true masters of deep space and time.

This night was a wild night, lightning, Mammatus clouds, weird cloud formations and then finally the sky cleared a bit late in the evening. I had been writing in the back of Jimmy, working on an article at 12,000 feet, laying in the back with the hatch up. The pine scent had been strong as the storm blew through, lightning lighting the dusk, wind gusting, rain coming in sheets with pea sized hail. It made for a very creative mood and the writing went well. I wrote till just after sundown and the lightning and rain finally abated.

I got out and went to my marked locations and gathered the foregrounds for the scenes and waited for the skies to clear. At last they did and I was able to grab them, then more the next night when the grove was invaded by other astronuts with what appeared to be searchlights light painting the entirety of the grove. It’s a sad thing. We astronuts of the world curse the encroachment of light pollution and then proceed to to light entire areas making other people have to suffer through the process. Please people, wear a headlamp with a low brightness and a red shield. I this night wore a brighter one and may have interfered with a time lapse by a master timelapse artist. For that I am sorry.

Read more about the area:

The trees of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains an hour’s drive to the east of Bishop are the oldest recorded living thing on earth. A millennium older than the Giant Sequoia trees in the nearby Sierra, many are well over 2,000 years old and the “Methuselah” tree in Schulman Grove is dated at more than 4,773 years old. These trees were young and growing at the time stone axes were being used in Europe, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) was being built, and cuneiform clay tablets were being used in northern Syria. Bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva & aristata) grow in the White Mountains at elevations 9,000 to over 11,000 feet. The oldest trees grow on outcrops of dolomite, an alkaline calcareous, low nutrient soil. Only on the alkaline dolomite will you find pure, relatively dense stands of Bristlecone pine.

Technical: 42 images Canon 6D ISO 8000, 55mm F1.8bristlecone4 1-2 Flat

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The Pink Cliffs

Pink Cliffs. The remote Pink Cliffs at Bryce Canyon is a bear to get to in a car. I have scratches all down the sides of my trusty Jimmy Envoy thanks to this trip. I also have a couple of videos, one showing the location and the other finding the path to where this is. Its about 10 minutes but the experience of watching this “path” is pretty darned interesting.

Here is leaving the area and a view from the east.

And here is a trip from the east side to the west side of the Pink Cliffs. This trail is crazy small and rough, skip to about 5 minutes if you just want the trail.

And finally a video from a spot very close to where this was taken.

Hope everyone enjoys the image!

Comment with your ideas of where to go! Always looking for somewhere cool.

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