During the summer of 2016. My family and I got to go on several adventures. One of those excursions led us to the north side of the Crater Lake Caldera on a dark night. We found a location to stop and setup shop near an area known as the Palisades (A cliff face rock formation on the north side of the lake).
While setup at this location, we watch commercial airliners, satellites, shooting stars and more streak across the sky. This is not uncommon for many night sky adventures. However, one flying object did catch our attention on this night, a fire spotter plane.
On a cool summer night my son and I traveled to the Lava Beds National Monument. We set up our gear to photograph the Milky Way as it passed behind Canby's Cross.
The night went well until about 3am when a pack of coyotes decided to let us know they were there. Due to the darkness, we could not see them. However, we counted their voices and tallied approx 15 different animals, surrounding us on all sides.
Last year, I honed a new direction for my photography. I have always loved to get out into nature and photograph epic landscapes, waterfalls, cities, beaches, lightning, wildlife and others. However, in 2016, I rekindled love for night photography.
In June 2012, I pointed my camera up to the night stars for the first time with the intentions of photographing the Milky Way. That night, I fell in love with the idea of staying up all hours of the night to capture the largest thing in our Solar System that most people don’t see. Although the images sucked, most were out of focus, as I had no clue what I was doing. I still had fun.
A month later, I traveled up to Crater Lake in hopes to...
In late July 2017 a fire began to grow inside Crater Lake National Park. The fire originated near the junction of the Lightning Springs Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Many speculate that it was a careless PCT hiker that caused the fire but the official cause has never been released.
For weeks the west side of Rim Drive was closed to prevent people from accessing the area near the fire. A times the fire entered the caldera rim.
It was a chilly late summer evening when Crater Lake was completely clouded in and any Celestial photography from the rim was not going to happen. An aurora was even predicted to appear, but mother nature had other plans up on the caldera.
Disappointed but not deterred, I began my decent down the mountain. In to Munson Valley where the park headquarters are located. A half mile off the rim the skies cleared. I stopped in an automotive pullout and took a test shot. The Milky Way was glowing like I had never seen before. I knew this location would be special. I set my gear and waited as the camera captured over 150 images of the night sky.