As I alluded to in yesterday’s post, we were getting snow. The rocks that we were standing on to take that photo got somewhere between 15″-20″ of snow overnight.
Down here in the valley, we picked up 6-8″, depending on where you stood. Walking through the forest at sunrise to get this photo, I pushed through knee deep spots in places.
It sure was nice. Although I couldn’t see the sun.
It was still snowing, as you can see by the streaks in the photo.
Or you can play with the fake snowflakes on the screen by moving your cursor around. Make it a gentle snow or make it snow sideways.
But back to real weather, we’ve established a trend.
Other than one short-lived snow day in spring of 2012, this is the first measurable snowfall here in town since 2008. What’s changed? Goddess and I are here. Prior to that, the first winter that we lived in Germany was the worst in 40 years. The second winter, the worst in 41 years.
Anyone want us to move near them? The stipulation is that it has to look like here. And feel like here.
But switching from a standard diurnal sleep schedule to one that allowed us to catch a moonset at 05:54am local time, some two hours away, took a bit of planning.
Luckily, our preparation sleep didn’t work out as planned.
So that meant that we started the drive to Crater Lake a few hours earlier than we had planned. Which gave us the time to play a bit.
20 seconds at a time.
For those that keep track, that’s a 20-second exposure, two hundred times, at ISO800, with a 28/1.8 lens set at f4.0. Stacked and processed.
So approximately 90 minutes of images to track the stars.
But what does “Charioteer” have to do with it? It’s the Anglicized nickname of the constellation Auriga, of which its brightest star, just left of center, is rising from and to the right of the Llao Rock. The star is known as Capella, third brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere.
Thankfully, we were helped by an almost full moon directly behind us, front lighting the all of the terrestrial features. At the median time that the image was taken, the full moon wouldn’t be for another 10 hours, in the middle of the day.
That wouldn’t do.
But this will.
Oh, and for those of you that are curious about that bright streak in the lake, just lower right of Wizard Island, that is a pollen raft. The pollen from the trees surrounding the lake will settle on the surface and the wind will push the particles together. So you’ll often see expansive pollen rafts scattered about Crater Lake. But the season has passed, leaving this one behind.
For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.
Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site. For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you. Without watermarks.
Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013. You just have to browse over to my online gallery.
For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%. Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.
For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%. Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.
Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.
If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough. Seriously. It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish. Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape. It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.
While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing: Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos. Each genre is available directly from my main page.
Thank you for your consideration. And for stopping by to read my rambles.