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.
in Castle Valley, Utah. (Click image to enlarge.)