Drama and Tranquility at Elevation
The Astro Lounge • Deserts and Oceans • Central Oregon
A spring sunset from the near summit of Broken Top Mountain in the Three Sisters Wilderness, OR. I made summit just before sunset, saw this composition of the final sunlight hitting a steep snowbank, set up my Nikon D810 with a wide angle lens, and then found shelter on the other side of the rocks to get out of the wind and enjoy my IPA while the camera and sun went through their routines. On a side note, I didn't stay the night up here as I only had a day pack, and running shorts. Boot Skiing (exactly what it sounds like) down snow in the starlight made for a memorable descent of this amazing Mountain.
Incredibly dynamic night skies over Central Oregon. Bend and Redmond city lights can be seen reflecting on the clouds above them. The 1/2 full moon had perfect conditions to reveal a moon halo for most of the night which is caused by it's light reflecting off ice crystals in the thin layer of Cirrus clouds.
Mark and I were scouting this location at around 11 pm the previous night from our computers, when we realized the only weather window for hiking up was right then, that very second. In the blink of an eye we were in go mode gathering all our backpacking supplies and we were out the door in under 10 minutes. Hauling ass up the cascade lake highway then hiking up Tumalo Mountain, we made it from house to summit in just over an hour. Just in time to catch the aurora borealis (shown in our Night Sky album). Needless to say, the sunrise over Mt. Bachelor the next morning was just as much of a treat. We only got 3 hours of sleep that night but the excitement gave us more than enough energy to carry the day.