that is technically termed a “heronry.” Early morning is the best time to catch waking activity in the roost, now occupied by two.
at a small rookery in a Gambel oak tree that overhangs the Colorado River between Castle Valley and Moab.
towards the west, as I waited patiently to photograph the Milky Way at Fisher Towers several nights ago. I’ve annotated several celestial objects in the image, and the dim orange glow in the bottom center is the Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River.
arriving at my feeder for breakfast.
taken around 4 am this morning. The bright glob in the upper part of the galactic core is the planet Jupiter, overexposed due to its brightness.
PlanIt! Pro is an Android astroimaging planning app and is key to staging images like that seen above, allowing the user to locate themselves via GPS in order capture your envisioned landscape composition involving various celestial objects and/or events. Brilliant.
were the targets of exploration this weekend with long-time friends, an area of defunct uranium mines north of Arches National Park, with sedimentary-hosted uranium ore found in the Salt Wash Member of the Morrison Formation.
throughout Castle Valley this spring, painting large pink and purple swaths in the greening cheat grass.
in Castle Valley as the day draws to an end.
for the next little while, stalking the collared lizards with my new big lens and enjoying the spring bloom of desert wildflowers.
this evening with 78% of the surface visible. Full moon is on Thursday.
on Middle Pine Lake in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge was enjoyable on this bright and sunny day.
shot with my big new glass on a gimbal tripod head at approximately 100 meters.
was perched on a tree trunk no more than four meters away, basking in the sun and all puffed up for maximum insulation in this frigid weather.
from one white landscape to another. The numbers: Approximately 9,000 miles on three flights (USH - EZE - DFW - GEG) during a 28 hour long period, not including the final Uber ride. Ugh.
features a lovely coastline of folded phyllites and southern beech forest. What a nice change to see green in the landscape after spending so much time in ice and snow.
with a panoramic view from the summit of Ronald Hill above Whaler’s Bay.