March star trails

This past Sat­ur­day, the sky was clear and the auro­ral fore­cast looked promis­ing, so I drove out to a dark spot to check out out. The auro­ra, if it was there at all, was a very faint smear at the extreme north­ern hori­zon. But I had bought a cof­fee, so I stuck around long enough to get some star trails.

The pho­to is about 150 images, 10 sec­onds each, ISO 800, f/2.8, 11mm, all stacked in GIMP. The wax­ing half-moon lit the fore­ground for me.

Wintry

Jack Frost visited my windowpanes.

Some­times it’s hard to see the beau­ty in win­ter, which is why I like tak­ing pho­tos of things like hoar on trees and frost on win­dow­panes (like the pho­to above).

Oth­er­wise, it’s too easy to feel like this—

My cold-weather gear when it's -25 or -30 C

—when the tem­per­a­ture dips to -30°C in the morn­ings.