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Star Trails over the Cabin

The weather at the cabin over spring break was awesome…who needs to go to Mexico, or Florida when sunshine and warmth can be had nearby?  Tori said the weather back in Ned for the week was still “winter” and Mr. W.  did come by for an extended and intense visit.  While we were at the ranch the moon was rising quite late so it was a  good time to play with some more time-lapse and time-exposure photography.

After our evening meal and a bit of hanging out / or a Vid on the portable DVD,  the girls were pretty toasted …and went up to bed…I stayed up a couple of hours later on a few of the nights and played with  the D90 some.

This time-lapse was shot right off the deck…its only 7 seconds of video…but gives a sense of the beauty of the ranch’s starry nights.

The tear off of the tar paper yielded about 6 trash bags worth or debris.  Last year we would burn a few of the smaller pieces as “fire-starter”.  Being big and bulky this trash would have cost $12-16 worth back in Ned at the transfer station, since the pricing there is based on bags, not weight.  To save some money and not haven an overflowing truck on the way home we swung by the Taos Landfill site to unload… we got weighed…. then dropped some trash…and got weighed again.  Along with the tar paper the weeks regular trash and the old steps were also tossed, total cost $1.75.  Sweet.

We road tripped up through Ft. Garland in the hope to visit the Hermit…but just missed him. ….Not to worry….we now know the way there, so it will be an easier find next time.  Since I have been back home  these last couple of weeks I also noticed that Big Bear is posting again, You can follow both of these guys by clicking on their links at my blog roll to the right. “The Hermitage” for the Hermit and “Bear Ridge Project” for Big Bear.

We grabbed a bite at the local Pizza joint All Gone…and then headed to the dunes for another promised “special treat”.

“Gee dad, you’re so awesome to take us on week-long visit to the cabin, the hot springs and the dunes…and treat us to some great dinning out,  teach us how to shoot a rifle and go on great hikes and stuff…your the best dad ever”

While the girls never actually said this in as many words…I did “feel it” with their laughs, and hugs, and as always any time spent with them is pure fun. We had an awesome time at the dunes a few years ago, and this time is was just as fun.

Mother natures "Sand Box"

It was a bit after lunch, about 2 or 3 when we got there.  The weather was still warm but the afternoon breeze was starting to pick up.  We hiked in a ways and did some dune jumping and rolling…well…at least they did.  Rolling in the sand with the D90 is not high on my list, but I did get in some jumps.

Two steps up...one step back...this is like work.

With some of the descents…we heard the “singing sands”

Above the singing sand

When hiking west the girls asked how far in we were, I said ” Cairo is just around the next dune”….their geography is still a bit weak…so they kind of missed the humor.

The girls found snow buried here.

Evening Light

As the evening chill descends, we made our way back to the truck…the girls were pretty spent…as was I, but they were not looking at another 5 hour drive to get home…maybe a few hours till dark and then nap time.  We rolled into the drive  a bit after 11pm. A long day after a great week, unloading the truck can wait til tomorrow.


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Now that we had relocated to a campsite that was not crawling with caterpillars, we were able to start enjoying the park.  On other trips to great locations I often did not have the time to really explore an area…this trip was to be an exception and an adventure.  Tori had never done any hiking in true slot canyons and Zion would provide her first experience.  Unlike the trips with “the guys” this was to be a casual hike in a slot canyon rather than the more hardcore canyoneering that I have done with the guys.  No 150 foot free rappels into potholes waist deep with freezing water.

We started our Zion hiking with a little jaunt to the canyon overlook just east of the Carmel Tunnel.  The park service did a fine job of adding just a few amenities to make the less experienced hikers feel safe on some of the dicey sections.  The “catwalk”  here was one of them.

The Catwalk on the overlook trail

The view at the end of this trail was awesome.  After this warm  up hike we hit a small slot canyon on the other side of the road, we went in far enough to get a good feel for it….and our feet wet…but not to the extreme. Tori was hooked.

Tori in the slot

The next few days we hiked some of the more common hikes in the park.  Angels Landing was one of my favorites for the great views from the top, we also checked out the emerald pools, which in reality were more like caramel pools.  The spotted vegetation set against the sandstone is a look that will always remind me of this trip.

Falls at lower emerald pools

We had some visits from the wild turkeys that inhabit the park, and I got to do some great time lapse work.  This turkey’s call was a sound that I have not heard in the wild for some time.

local wildlife

This time-lapse shot was about 30 minutes long, I also did many still sets and compiled them into a video.  You can check that out on my You Tube page here

Time-lapse at Zion

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Time lapse work with the D90.  Night time shots from our trip, cloud clip shooting out the bedroom window.

The Zion NP Star Time-lapses are shorter than the Mitten Buttes due to the camera batteries dying in the middle of the night, I would recharge them each day with the Solar generator…and shoot all day too.  I need to get the DC adapter for the D90 to shoot all night off the Solar Station.

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I’m writing this Sunday afternoon, the video is 240 meg and is currently being up-loaded to you-tube. I figure by the time I get this listing posted it might be completed. I had to play around with some of the exposure settings to get this to “go” the final results were: 20 sec exposure, ISO 800, wide open at f3.5. I set my Intervalometer to 45 sec. This gave the camera time to process between shots…I’m sure I need to tweak something somewhere to clean it up some…but hey, its my first night shot sequence. I may spring for “quick time pro” soon the photo-lapse software can’t handle the bigger images.

I have had my intervalometer for a bit over a week but just started playing with it the other day, last night was the first time we have seen stars in a while. After I got the exposure set, I was able to monitor the timer from inside, the camera was just outside the slider on its tripod.

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