Great company, gossip, roaring laughter, road beers, nature pees,
Whitney Houston (lmao), ridiculous singing, cheese & crackers, and of course
photo gear = all the makings of a great photography road trip!!
We set out last night about 8:45pm and drove about 2 hours to Skalkaho Pass in search of a spot free of ambient light to shoot star trails. We drove up the winding dirt road past the beautiful Skalkaho Falls and spent plenty of time trying to pop our ears as we climbed to nearly 7200 feet above sea level. When we finally reached our destination and stepped out of the car I was amazed at the millions of stars clustered together in the sky. I have never seen so many stars in all my life. It was beautiful and would have been worth the drive just to see all those stars and the glow of the milky way, though, I quickly found out that I was the only one who was seeing this awesome sight for the first time. Two of my travel companions are from Montana originally and one is from Colorado and the other one was basically raised in Colorado, so they are used to big beautiful star filled skies.
We set up our cameras in the freezing cold and then climbed in the car
to wait the forty minutes for our exposures to finish.
When the alarm on my iPhone went off we stumbled around in the dark trying to
locate our tripods and gathered our gear and hopped back in the car.
On the drive home we waited for our cameras to process the long exposure
with hopes that we'd get a good shot of the stars rotating in the night sky.
The following image is what I captured! It's amazing that the world is moving
around us like that and we are completely oblivious!!