Early morning at the heron rookery...

that is technically termed a “heronry.” Early morning is the best time to catch waking activity in the roost, now occupied by two.

Orion hanging above Professor Valley...

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.

This is a 20 sec exposure, hence the airplane trails in the image.

This is a 20 sec exposure, hence the airplane trails in the image.

Milky Way over Fisher Towers...

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.

Recipe: Tripod-mounted Canon 6D with 14mm Rokinon manual lens, 20 sec, f/2.8 at ISO 3200.

Recipe: Tripod-mounted Canon 6D with 14mm Rokinon manual lens, 20 sec, f/2.8 at ISO 3200.

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.

Fence-jumping mule deer visitor...

Waxing gibbous moon...

this evening with 78% of the surface visible. Full moon is on Thursday.

Canon 5Div with 500 mm EF lens at 1/125 sec, f/5 at ISO 100.  This is a cropped jpeg right off the camera with no adjustments or sharpening.  I really like this lens.

Canon 5Div with 500 mm EF lens at 1/125 sec, f/5 at ISO 100. This is a cropped jpeg right off the camera with no adjustments or sharpening. I really like this lens.

This Northern Flicker...

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.

Image shot with my new Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens - through an unwashed double-pane window. I’m pretty pleased.

Image shot with my new Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens - through an unwashed double-pane window. I’m pretty pleased.

Close-up of breast feathers in image above.

Close-up of breast feathers in image above.

The long flight home...

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.

The deeply glaciated terrain of the Beartooth Plateau north of Yellowstone National Park.

The deeply glaciated terrain of the Beartooth Plateau north of Yellowstone National Park.

Deception Island reprise...

with a panoramic view from the summit of Ronald Hill above Whaler’s Bay.

(Click image to enlarge.)

The British Antarctic Survey station and older Norwegian whaling operation were swept by lahars in 1969 during another eruption in nearby Telefon Bay.

The British Antarctic Survey station and older Norwegian whaling operation were swept by lahars in 1969 during another eruption in nearby Telefon Bay.

Descent from Ronald Hill where the panorama was taken.

Descent from Ronald Hill where the panorama was taken.