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California Redwood

Shoot for the stars. Looking up into the night sky growing up I was a wiz at identifying the constellations. Orion the Hunter, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, I could even set direction in the scouts with Polaris. What I didn’t know at the time was that all the city lights from where I lived made seeing the majority of stars impossible. It wasn’t until after college while backpacking in the back-country that I saw what I was missing. I was mesmerized. I laid there that night for what seemed like hours just staring.

Over the course of the summer I traveled the country with my wife, camping everywhere we went. Heading up the California coast we were heading through the Redwood Forest. We stopped along the way for the night on a beach. The west coast offers something that I never got to experience on the east coast, mountains right up close to the shore. The scenery was spectacular and the drive from the highway to the coast took us through a steep, narrow and winding canyon.

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Arriving late we set up camp in the dark under the galaxy. I’m not sure the tent was staked down right that night because I couldn’t keep my head out of the stars. As soon as we set up dinner to cook I grabbed my gear and set up some exposures. In the morning we went on our way trying to answer some of life’s most complex questions.

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So enjoy this image of a Sequoioideae with the Milky Way Galaxy in the background. I captured this image on a cold windy night while spending time traveling the country with a special person. It marks one of my first attempts in photographing the galaxy. I was even able to capture a shooting star.

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Make a wish and have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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