Hwy 166 near Maricopa
Long walk on a long bridge
Along Soda Lake you can find this walking path/bridge to allow you to stay off the salt beds which accumulate quickly under your shoes and add several inches of height you did not have when you arrived. Beware of flying insects as well that wish to suck your blood.
The Milky way arched over the tree line on top Sherman Pass.This nearly single lane road winds up on top the mountains high above Kernville at 960ft on its way over the mountains and down to hwy 395 on the eastern side of the Sierra's The snowcat stands by in case of the white stuff. Here i encountered more bug bites than i thought possible. Also had to cut my time short as the illumination from my strobe lit up a few glowing eyes in which led my mind in many directions, all of which led to a early departure.
I was attempting to simulate cars coming directly at me. Of course the road is just to the left. THe once used vehicle bridge here is now a walking bridge and safe from traffic mishaps. THis is the Johnsondale bridge up river from Kernville
Near the Main dam over looking the town of Isabella glowing on the horizon.
Walker Pass off hwy 178. Here you can position the Milky Way any where you please. First one of the new season. Hopefully life will allow for more.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon on HWY 14. Again the Milky Way was in the opposite direction. I know its not a requirement but it sure adds interest to the sky!
The famous Tehachapi train loop in Keene. Just a bit too much ambient light on the horizon for my likens but further night stops were on the slate for this evening and i had to go. My intent was to get the Milky Way above this engineering marvel, however it simply faces the wrong way. Oh well. Cant have everything
Kern River Falls
Well we got water now! The mighty Kern river flows now with authority. So good to see the river and lake back to respectable levels.
Bonfire to the left
The locals at Lake Isabella lit a fire big enough to burn the place down (again). I did like the lighting effect however. I haul five different lights with me and i always wind up using whatever ambient light presents itself.
Photography fills my need to express myself artistically. My love for this hobby goes far beyond what most would consider normal. I love the night sky and that comes with losing a lot of sleep. The payoff however is two fold. It is in the image no doubt, but it also comes from the solitude and magic that can only be had under a pitch black sky in the middle of the desert under a blanket of stars and two full camera batteries