Thursday, February 7, 2019

As the Sky Goes Dark

Cousin Scott shared some pics he took from one of our recent hikes. I say recent, but I guess about three months have passed already. Where does the time go? I have very few pics of myself hiking (I usually hike alone), so it's kind of fun to look back at these and check out some of the places we explored.

It's no wonder I'm stiff and sore after a day of hiking. I tend to want to explore every alcove and shallow cave I find, hoping to discover a pictograph or petroglyph or who knows what. This one appears to be a little snug!


I tend to squeeze every second of daylight possible before ending my hikes. As the desert sky goes dark, it does some pretty amazing stuff!

Here's the sky well after sunset. If I were driving home now, I would have missed the shot.

As you can imagine, the only problem is you end up hiking back to your car in the dark, which can make navigation a challenge. Scott was following behind me (I'm wearing a headlamp). No tripod, and an exposure time of 0.56 seconds. Pretty amazing shot for hand-held! A little blurry, but I love the photo (I had some fun playing around with this image and added stars for effect). And yes, we eventually did find the car!

Linking with Skywatch Friday.
Thanks for stopping by!!

42 comments:

  1. Glorious sunsets!! Kudos for the last exposure result....

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  2. Snug indeed! That twilight view is amazing.

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  3. Oh my, everything about this post makes me breathless!

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  4. If I keep hiking and getting in shape....can I come with you guys? heehee! It sure looks beautiful...especially in the evening! Beautiful photos! Sure looks different from the trails I hike here in Florida! I love that there is so much diversity in our beautiful country!

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  5. The sky is unbelievable! Beautiful photos.

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  6. It's hard for me to understand why some people just can't appreciate the desert. Once I saw the sun rise in the Mojave desert, I was in love. And the clouds! Wonderful pictures.

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  7. I like that second shot. You should crop just you and use it as your profile pic... Well, maybe not.

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  8. That's an impressive hand-held shot!

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  9. Beautiful. Crimson sunsets are rare thing here during winter. Need to wait till monsoon to grab them

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  10. You are having way too much fun I think.
    I love your adventures and the photos you take.

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  11. Stunning desert sunsets. You make the desert looks so appealing!

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  12. Wow - stunning shots, especially that last one.

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  13. Stunning as always! Just be sure some snake isn't exploring you with his fangs!!!

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  14. DAm your so lucky being able to see the desert lik ethat. Awesome photos, looks like all you needed was a sleeping bag for that first photo

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  15. Great shots as always. This proves once again that the subject of the photo is really the most important element of the image and the rest is not.

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  16. Nice to see a few shots of you in 'discovering mode'.
    Your sky shots are great again.

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  17. Wow, wonderful photos. I love the colorful sky captures. The first alcove is neat and I love the last shot of you. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  18. I bet those alcoves were a welcome retreat for people or critters. I think those skies are amazing.

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  19. No matter the time of day, you did an amazing job on capturing such beauty.

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  20. Hello Scott, and thanks for sharing.

    Yeah, that night shot IS pretty cool

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  21. Fun shots of you in 'cozy' place and awesome sunset shots!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  22. Wow, you have a very steady hand, or fabulous image stabilization! Great sky shots!

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  23. Stunning shots, those skies...!

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  24. You get the most wonderful sunsets there! The last image is so cool! Glad you had someone there to capture it!

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  25. Great captures of the evening light the last one is a keeper.

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  26. Beautiful images! Love that last shot.

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  27. You take the best photos hands down. Wow. And, I am fascinated by the rocks in that area. Just amazing stuff.

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  28. No place on Earth equals the desert at sunset!

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  29. All so beautiful! That last picture is amazing! Especially appreciate all the almost dark pictures, because after dark hiking is not something I could ever do again, even in Flatland Florida.

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  30. It's so nice to see some pictures of the pro (you!) in action … and the brilliant results, too!

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