Before I give you an update on Galactic50: A photography project, I would like to say thank you to everyone who followed me this past summer. It was a long trip and your support was needed and very well appreciated. The amazing love everyone showed all my pictures gave me the motivation I needed to complete this epic journey. Now onto the update. In my last post, I had started my journey back east. I had multiple routes planned for the way home, to try and beat the weather.
A Rocky Mountain Night Experience!
My initial thought for Colorado was to simply see more of it and not worry about the Milky Way. And because of that I had planned on being there when I couldn’t shoot the because of the Moon. However, some luck was due on this trip
After an amazing weekend in Idaho, I took off on another long drive. This time my destination was a place I know all too well. Back to the place where my night photography all started, Durango, Colorado.
Antelope Island was originally a two day stop. However, with the soaring temperatures and bad campsite, I decided to start my trip to Idaho a day early.
Iowa was another state that I wasn’t too concerned with in regards to dark skies. Most of the state sits in a Bortle Class 4 or less, obviously except for the cities. For the sake of the trip and less driving time I found a great spot at Honey Creek State Park campsite and was pleasantly surprised with the sky and the beauty I uncovered in Iowa!
I found a campsite about 45 minutes south of Bismark, North Dakota. I was in a good area for minimal light pollution and was excited by my surroundings. The area was a very rural low population area and my campsite was right on the Mississippi, so I was very hopeful for some dark skies.
We had a great night with some great friends, but today we are on to a place I have been worried about since I started planning this trip.
With our day in Napa behind us, we moved on to the Lake Tahoe area. With it being the weekend and Lake Tahoe being a truly remarkable place it was impossible for us to find a campsite nearby, however we did find one at a neighboring lake, Lake Donner in California.
Every photographer has a bucket list of shots they want to get or achieve in their life. I am no different, and for this project I have a list that I keep adding to everyday as I get inspired by some of the amazing astrophotographers I follow.