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Orion Over Sky

Sriram Murali created the above video to show the effects that light pollution has on the beautiful night sky.  In it, he focuses on the constellation Orion, and how our perception of it changes based on the light density of the area we view it from.  The entire thing is a great example of one of the major downfalls of city life – loss of the night sky.  However, the entire thing also does suffer from a major unintended side-effect.  In order to take impressive night sky shots, you must take long exposure photos.  In the process of taking those photos, and in the post-processing necessary on them, you get many more stars visible than the human eye usually sees.  That makes the darker skies even more impressive in the time-lapse.

Regardless, it’s still a good teaching tool.  Hopefully you take the time to drive 100 miles from the city where you live to really experience the night sky!

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Sequoia Sky
I decided to drive down to General Grant and take some photos looking up with the Sequoias in the foreground. The trail wasn’t the best spot to take photo, but the parking area had some good views up with trees near by.

Last weekend I knocked off 2 more parks from the list of 59.  Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California.  Sequoia is the 2nd oldest park in the country, and Kings Canyon was once known as Grant National Park before the canyon to the North East was included in the park.  Giant Sequoias grow prevalent in both parks, but the largest, most prominent ones in Sequoia National Park.  Even

Buttress Tree
This Sequoia fell without warning in 1959. Because the root system of these giant trees is shallow, they can topple without warning for many reasons.

 

Most of Kings Canyon was closed due to the winter snow, but there was still plenty of hiking to do, including the 2.5 mile one way hike up to Panoramic Point.

Hume Lake
The Sierra Nevada Mountain range extends all along the Eastern side of the park. Down in the bottom you can see Hume Lake.

I spent just over 2 days in the area.  One day was spent exploring Kings Canyon, and the other I drove down to Sequoia.  Because the road was closed between the parks, I had to take a 3 hour detour out and around.  It wasn’t a boring drive though, Dry Creek Dr. was beautiful and covered in wild poppies, just look at it:

Poppy Fields
In order to get to Sequoia from Kings Canyon in the winter you have to drive out and around. I drove down Dry Creek Dr. and was greeted to beautiful fields of poppy flowers and rolling green hills

I haven’t quite finished going through all of the photos, I took about 800, including a sweet time-lapse.  I added that to my Instagram since it was easier to put it there right now.  Trust me though, I’ll get it up here soon.  Probably tomorrow.

Check out my two albums so far.