Autumn has historically been one of the best times of year to travel. The crowds of summer have dwindled and children are back in school. But the fall colors are still there. The crisp bite in the air is still tasted. The smells of damp, downed foliage permeates fresh morning air and autumn light is second to none. Skies come alive as storm systems materialize around the fringes of the seasons. Rates in hotels drop significantly the last week of October and first week of November. Gas prices are usually down. Campgrounds are largely still open and far less crowded. In the quiet absence of crowds, one is free to - if only for a short time - experience a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet joy.
Looks like I'm going to have another go at the Bisti this weekend. It'll be the first real road trip of 2017 and I'm excited. After recently getting the 645 dialed in I'm feeling ready for whatever happens. Dark Sky is a great weather app for the iPhone. At first glance it's simple, easy to use and understand. But there's a lot more power under the hood, like the satellite tracking map at far right. [...]
A moonless, cold night in early October proved an excellent time to hunt for the Milky Way in southwestern skies. Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, San Juan County, New Mexico (2016). Last light overlooking Cortez and the San Juan range from Geologic Overlook, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (2016). Southern morning vista with Monument Valley in the distance, Valley of the Gods National Monument, Southern Utah (2016) First light in Alamo Wash, [...]
We've just returned from the annual fall walkabout, this time to the American Southwest in search of perfect light. We found it in Monument Valley, Utah one morning. This first of a series of entries won't be a linear description of the trip, but instead snippets surrounding given images, memories or thoughts. Milky Way, Artist's Point, Monument Valley, Utah. The park doesn't open until 7am, but we were able to get in earlier and set [...]