Aurora Fizzled but was not a Total Loss

Aurora Fizzled but was not a Total Loss

Last night I traveled up to Crater Lake National Park with photography buddy's; Joe Spendolini, Joe's Grandson Russel, Jason McMurry, and my Wife Crystal. We went up to the national park with the intent of capturing the Northern Lights.

Two days earlier, a large CME burst from a sun spot on our Solar System's sun. This blast of charged solar particles was on a collision with the earth. When these particles hit the earths magnetosphere, they react and create the phenomenon knows at the Aurora Borealis (in the Northern Hemisphere) and Aurora Australis (in the Southern Hemisphere).

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Beyond the Limits

Beyond the Limits

It has been decades since water has spilled over the dam at Gerber Reservoir in Eastern Klamath County, Oregon. Finally this water season has produced enough snow melt and rain water to fill the reservoir.  

As far as I can remember Gerber has always been a small pool if not dried creek bed of land. I have never seen the lake full.  That is until last week. 

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Night Views on the Palisades

Night Views on the Palisades

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.  

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Path of the Cross

Path of the Cross

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.  

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Through the Trees

Through the Trees

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.

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Perseids Cascadium, Limited Edition

Perseids Cascadium, Limited Edition

This was my favorite adventure and image of 2016. Last August my daughter, wife and myself traveled to Fourmile Lake at the foot of Mount McLaughlin in western Klamath County. Right in the heart of the Southern Oregon Cascade Mountain Range. 

It was not just a regular trip, it was an overnight excursion to specifically watch the Perseid Meteor Shower.   Fourmile Lake has some dark skies with just a hint of a glow of the Rogue Valley right behind Mt McLaughlin. 

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