A Beautiful Visitor…

Stayed up late to take a photo of Comet Neowise last night.  The image below is a “stacked” photo comprised of 30 images taken sequentially (5 second exposure each taken about 1 second apart).  The 30 images are stacked together to help bring out the stars (and comet in this case), and to correct for the earth’s rotation during the time it takes for all the photos.  The comet is barely visible to the naked eye (as of last night).  The comet will be closest to Earth on July 22… so perhaps it will be brighter then!

Lightning Strike…

We had several thunderstorms roll through yesterday, which produced over 200 lightning strikes in our county and nearby areas.  Needless to say, it was quite a show!  I captured one nearby strike on video and noticed something unusual.. As you may know, lightning has two paths (from sky to earth and then back up to the sky), but this strike had a third path.  I have never heard of this.  To show what happened, I slowed the video down to 1/10 original speed… everything you see here happened in less than a second.  See what you think…

A Beautiful Spring Evening…

A very Happy Easter to everyone!  We’re enjoying pleasant Spring weather here in Southern Oregon.  The Orchards are in bloom and the grass is an incredible green color… all makes for excellent opportunity to take photographs.  The evening light on this Easter Sunday was particularly beautiful, so I got the drone out for some photos of the nearby orchards.

Orchards just south of Marigold Lane (taken above Fern Valley Road)

Orchards in Bloom…

Pear Orchard off of Payne Rd.

One of my favorite sights locally is when the Orchards bloom… Typically it’s the first or second week in April as it is now.  The photo above was taken this morning at sunrise.  The orchards in bloom are an incredible sight to behold, but it doesn’t last long… a week at most before the green leafs start to fill in, and the blossoms disappear.

Trinidad…

One of the most beautiful places on the California coast is Trinidad in the far northwestern section of California (just a short drive from the Oregon border).  It offers both wild rugged coastline, and protected harbor (as shown in this photo)… all within a short walk.  It’s a truly remarkable place to visit. This photo was taken at the local dock on a pleasant warm mid-February day… no jacket or sweater required.

Lost Photo #3

Taken in late January… a flock of Canadian Geese flying above the fog towards us.  The mountain behind them had quite a bit of snow at the time, and almost looks like a wave coming in.

We’re getting a break in the weather after today, so hopefully some new photo opportunities are coming.

Lost Photo #2…

As promised… here’s a second photo that I had missed from the Panasonic camera… This is of Wagner Butte which is just south of Talent, Oregon.  The peak is 7,255 feet in elevation  so snow is not unusual up here.  This photo was taken at sunset in mid-March as a storm was clearing.