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Camping at Woods Canyon Lake

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I haven’t done a good job of keeping to my goal of one post per week… obviously, but I’m not giving up.
A few weeks ago, Sam and I got to go camping up at Woods Canyon Lake. It was a first time visit for both of us and the first time in too many years we’ve gone camping together.

We arrived around midday, picked our spot to set up the tent, then headed to the lake for an adventure.

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The lake was a little crowded, as it’s a popular recreation spot, but it is a sight worth seeing.

Sam and I decided to hike the trail around the lake:

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As we hit what we thought was the half way point, storm clouds began rolling in. We quickened our pace a bit only to discover we weren’t near the half way point at all. Luckily, the clouds moved around us, for the most part, and we only had a small sprinkling of rain.

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The hike turned out to be 5.2 miles all the way around and worth every step.

At night, we could hear Elk bugling which is something that just needs to be experienced. Imagine a broken steam whistle blowing at full power… that’s the best description I can offer.

The next morning, we rented a boat and cruised around the lake for an hour or so. It was a beautiful morning; the weather was calm and being out on the water was very peaceful. We witnessed a hawk dive out of the trees and pull a fish out of the water about 20 yards from us. A sight we may never see again, in person! I was driving the boat and wasn’t able to get a picture, but, like the whole trip, it was an experience we won’t forget.

No Copyright For You! – LINK

United States copyright regulators are agreeing with Wikipedia’s conclusion that a monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted by a nature photographer whose camera was swiped by the ape in the jungle. The animal’s selfie went viral.

via Monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted, US regulators say | Ars Technica.

I think this is my favorite news story of the day.

Time-Lapse Video Shows Star Trails and City Lights Streaking From Space – LINK

“Fly through both space and time with this amazing new time-lapse video, showing beautiful star trails and city lights streaking over the Earth’s surface as seen from space.

Photographer Christoph Malin from Austria created the stunning film by stacking image sequences taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The results show off incredible patterns of light as the ISS zooms by. Along with the man-made metropolises, viewers can catch a glimpse of lightning corridors flashing within clouds, green auroras, satellite tracks, meteors, and even a quick appearance by the famous sun-diving comet Lovejoy at about 1:42.”

via Time-Lapse Video Shows Star Trails and City Lights Streaking From Space | Wired Science | Wired.com.

Taking a Stab at HDR

My first crack at HDR images. It seemed only fitting that my first attempt be with photos from my favorite place on Earth.

Zion Canyon. Click for full size.Click for larger image

I don’t have a camera that does bracketing so I had to manually adjust the shutter speed for each exposure. All in all, I’m pretty happy with how they came out. what do you think?

As you can tell from the watermark, I don’t have the full version of photomatix. I’m not sure if I’m ready for that investment yet.

2010 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar – LINK

As we find ourselves in December once more, I’d like to present the third annual Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar for 2010. Keep checking this page – every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the Hubble Space Telescope, some old and some new. This year there is also a temporary RSS feed for the calendar. I continue to feel very fortunate to have been able to share photographs and stories with you all this year, and I wish for a Happy Holiday season to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone. – Alan

via 2010 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

Advent calendars have been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember; my parents still get a calendar for all the grandchildren every year. So finding this magical combination of family tradition and astronomy was quite pleasing.

Enjoy!

My Photography SUCKS! – LINK

National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30th. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well. National Geographic was again kind enough to let me choose some of their entries from 2010 for display here on The Big Picture.

via National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

People who know me know that photography is a major part of who I am. Looking through this small sample of submissions for this year’s National Geographic photo contest, however, has helped me realize that my own photography SUCKS!

Look at this amazing collection. Do it! Do it NOW!