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Squished moon, above the clouds

Mahalo for all the comments! I forgot to mention, if you click on the photos you get a bigger version with more detail. Up until today it’s been very windy at the summit area. Often a big cloud will come in from the east and suddenly it’s like you’re in a fog. Water comes horizontally with the wind and while it’s not really raining, the effect is the same. That and high clouds have cut…

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Kipahulu and Shrimp Truck

View from the bunkhouse on a sunny Thursday morning. In the middle of the week I traveled to Kipahulu, the area of the park that is on the ocean. It is an entirely different ecosystem as you can imagine. It is at the base of the Haleakala mountain and is tropical. Most of the day I got there it sprinkled or rained hard. It’s much warmer in Kipahulu than at the summit area so it…

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House of the Sun

Sun halo at the summit. Haleakala means “House of the Sun” from a tale of the demigod Maui who lassoed the sun and got it to go slower across the sky. While at the summit of the mountain yesterday, I looked up to see a giant halo surrounding the sun, as it made its slow journey across the sky. High clouds in the atmosphere that contain ice crystals cause the light to be refracted and…

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Haleakala National Park

Hello all, I have the honor to serve as the 2019 artist-in-residence at Haleakala National Park in Maui. Haleakala is an incredible park, ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet in altitude at the summit of the dormant volcano. I’ll be here for the month of March, for an entire lunar cycle. I arrived just before noon on March 1 and Interpretive Ranger “Honeygirl” Duman placed a beautiful green and black lei around my neck,…

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SHAPE Gallery reception

Thanks to everyone at the SHAPE Gallery in Shippensburg, PA and Ann for a successful reception on April 6. Just getting around to posting photos of the evening. The exhibit looked great, it was hung nicely with really good lighting, thanks to Kurt. All at the gallery worked hard to put on this show, glad we were able to make it happen. There were 30 pictures in all, most of them the night sky photos…

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SHAPE Gallery exhibit!

Announcing a show of the night sky work at SHAPE Gallery in Shippensburg, PA. Thanks to Joshua, Kurt and Mark at the gallery for helping put the exhibit together at this very nice community gallery. We had a small show at SHAPE last April of work from students at Shippensburg University who took the Digital Photography Exploration class I taught for one semester. The final project photos looked great in the gallery. The opening reception…

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New Corona

New corona: 8 different exposures combined for a detailed look. The star Regulus is seen at lower left. Our trip is continuing! We’ve been at Rocky Mountain National Park the last few days, Stan has been teaching a night sky workshop with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. First off, I went back through my eclipse photos and found the series that was shot at varying exposures, in order to get the detail…

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On the road

Smoke from a fire makes a red sun on Monday evening in Madras. As we packed up most of the campsite Monday evening, an incredible red sun hung low in the west, smoke from a nearby fire creating a filter for the light. Quite an all-day show for our sun. While the eclipse watching is over, the viewing of eclipse commerce continues. On our road trip to Colorado, we spotted an…

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GO Moon, GO!

The ‘diamond ring’ effect, just before totality. I found a nicer ‘diamond ring’ effect photo I’ll post here. It’s when the moon is just about to cover the face of the sun and the bright light shines on one spot of the disk. This one is more dramatic than the previous photo. Some random observations from eclipse day and after: Rich Krueger, the Flagstaff teacher leading chants of “Go moon, Go!!…

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TOTALITY!

Totality, 10:21 a.m. We’re a day late, but here’s the eclipse. I was working for Agence France-Presse and sending to Space.com and  a couple of other astronomy websites that I didn’t have time to post to the blog. It was quite a sight, incredibly surreal to see a black dot where the sun should be. The corona extended far from the sun as seen with the naked eye. It did seem…

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