Saturday, April 13, 2013

Astro Pics

I took these photos last night. I piggybacked a Nikon D5100/20-35mm lens onto an Orion 80mm scope. I was kinda randomly shooting along the Milky Way. No particular target. I was just seeing what I could capture with a regular camera lens.
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Above, 147.8 seconds, f5.6, ISO 400.
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Different area. 242.3 seconds, f5.6, ISO 400. Picking up some Milky Way "cloud."

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon was on the way home from Spirit Mountain.
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I didn't get any pictures, but there are grapevines galore growing here. Hence the name Grapevine Canyon.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spirit Mountain

My big sister let me tag along on a hike to the peak of Spirit Mountain, which is alongside the Colorado River, west of Lake Mohave. I'll let the pictures do all the talking. Click 'em to embiggenate.
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Critters

Ah, Spring! When the temps start hitting triple digits, the desert comes alive.
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This little guy is on the smallish side of his species, so he must be young. The Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions are not as aggressive as some of the other varieties. Notice this one doesn't even have his tail raised at me.

A couple evenings after taking this scorpion's portrait, I took Charlie out to check the perimeter. As we walked out the front door I heard that distinctive "Sssssssss!" of a Sidewinder Rattlesnake. About a foot-and-a-half long. He was in a bush next to our front door, right underneath where the scorpion was earlier. After a sweep of the area, we had to wait a bit for the snake to leave the front entry. I was sorry I didn't have my camera. I trained my flashlight on him and watched him slide away.

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