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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 was up a bit during the night working with the D-90, getting some time lapse sequences.  It worked pretty good but later in the tirp I found some better ways to shoot…longer exposures and no Noise Reduction.  This speeds up the sequence and prolongs battery life.  I’m thinking about getting a DC adapter to run from the laptop station, I was only getting a couple hours worth out of the stock camera batteries.  With the 10 ahr of the station it should be able to run all night…at least until the 399 pic limit of the Intervalometer.

I was up before dawn for a few pics and also got some of the sun just peeking over the horizon.  After a few of these I went back to sleep for a bit.  Tori and the pups slept through it all.

Dawn at the Mittens

We had a casual Coffee infusion as the sun continued its journey higher into the sky.  After we broke camp we had a short hike on the nearby mitten trail before heading off the the Grand Canyon.

We entered Grand Canyon NP from the eastern entrance and traded out some travel bugs in the last cache before the park.  Once inside we made our way to Desert View.  It was Tori’s first look at the canyon and she had a nice smile on her face.  The Tower at Desert view is undergoing some renovations to fix some structural cracks that have appeared since it was built back in the 30’s.  When I was here about 5 years ago I shot a ton of pics with my old Sony but unfortunately lost them all to a CF drive failure at the end of that trip…It was one of the saddest experiences ever.  I have switched now to SSD’s so this should never happen again.

South Rim View

This time we camped in the Mather Campground, at first I was a little hesitant with the camping here, when I was here before we camped at Desert view, a much smaller campground.  Desert View is also well away from the development along the main area on the south rim.  I was pleasantly surprised by the privacy at Mather despite the 300+ sites the campground was spread out and had enough tree cover to provide a sense of not being in such a large “city in the woods”.

Mather Campground

Tori and I did a little hiking tour on a few of the campground loops,  we also did some hiking along the paved South Rim Trail by the visitor Center on our way out of the park.  The visitor center is under going some upgrades as well.  It was nice to see a spread of Solar panels there.

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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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Just started experimenting with my D90 doing some time lapse stuff.  This is a short 5 sec video of the clouds blowing in off the divide yesterday.  It is a compilation of 120 stills converted to AVI video playback at 24 fps (frames per sec).  It covers 30 minutes of real time.  I’ll try to get some longer stuff put together in the next week or so…add music etc.  I just got my timer to do this on Friday.

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