Night on the Bybee Fire

Night on the Bybee Fire

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.

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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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