Modoc Inferno

Modoc Inferno

The morning of July 30, 2017 the Fire Management team has reported that the fires of the Modoc July Complex have grown to 39,623 acres with 40% containment. I can attest that this is one intense fire, as last night [July 29, 2017], a group of adventuring photographers and filmmakers: Joe Spendolini, Jason McMurry, Ryan Niemi, and myself Brian Gailey, found our way to the front lines of the Steele Fire of the Modoc July Complex and ended up right in the heart of the blaze.

We began our adventure from Klamath Falls. OR before sunset.  With the hope shooting from an abandoned AT&T Long Distance tower on Brady Butte in southeastern Klamath County, located on the Oregon-California state line. Upon our arrival, we found that the tower and the butte had good views of the billowing smoke but was not a good vantage point for the fire.  We pressed on.

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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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Mother Nature puts on a Good Show

Mother Nature puts on a Good Show

A large solar storm hit the earth over Memorial Day weekend. Causing a massive amount of auroral lights at the poles. This storm was so strong and happened during a night where there was no moon light, that aurora was seen throughout much of North America. Dark sky locations around Portland, Seattle, and Yellowstone NP. All reported seeing the northern lights. During the peak of this solar storm it registered a 7.67 on the Kp scale

Hoping to catch the heart of the storm before it was over, I ventured up to Discovery Point at Crater Lake National Park (map) where I have captured the northern lights several times over the past decade.

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Top 12 Images of 2016

Top 12 Images of 2016

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...

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