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Friday, January 9, 2015

Bryce at Night

Bryce Canyon has some of the lowest light pollution in the continental United States. It takes stargazing to a whole new level -- on a clear night, it feels like you can see everything.

I received a tripod for Christmas, and had shots like these in mind as soon as I opened it. I had no idea I would be so lucky. The weekend we spent there, the park had pretty steady snow cover, unseasonably warm temperatures, mostly clear skies, and a full moon. Talk about ideal night photography.

Bryce Canyon at Night

James and I had hiked the Peekaboo Loop that day (a hike classed as "strenuous" and far more than I was prepared for), but we knew that this might be the only clear night we had, so we headed back into the park anyway. We took these at Sunset Point, with up to 15 seconds of exposure. The moon was so bright we actually got a solar (lunar?) flare off it with one of the lenses we used, and many of our photos looked like daylight.

Bryce Canyon at Night
Bryce Canyon at Night
Bryce Canyon at Night
Bryce Canyon at Night
Bryce Canyon at Night
Bryce Canyon at Night

I'm still kind of giddy over these. The cold, dark, and exhaustion were unquestionably worth it; I hope you'll agree!

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