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Stars, the first night


It’s taken me a few days to sort through the images from my two nights of photography. Looking through them I’m transported back to those warm nights again.

A place in the sand.

Before my photography friend arrived that night I spent a few minutes capturing the sky above the dunes and houses along the road. It was an image I’d had in my head since my last trip up to this area, back in May. I think it looks like an amazing painting, and I’m glad I got to go back and get it.

Once she arrived we went down to the beach to see what there was to see.

Our first glimpse of the beach.

It was a very windy night. We were pushing our tripod legs deep into the sand to try to reduce camera shake. The wind was cool, but I never felt cold until we stopped shooting. The adrenalin kept me warm.

Lighting up the sky.

The sky was stunning. The Milky Way was so clear. And when we turned around to face north the lit lighthouse was beautiful too.

The moon and several planets were supposed to line up around 4:30 that morning, so though we were done shooting the lighthouse and the Milky Way around 3:00, we thought it would be a waste not to stay and see. It was warmer up on the road, and we stood around talking as we waited for the moon to come up.

Waiting for the moon to wake up and join the party.

The moonrise was stunning, but it was rising through a bank of clouds and only intermittently visible. And in the end we didn’t see them all lined up, just Jupiter and sometimes Mars, and the moon.

The lighthouse catches me trying to grab an image of the pole and the Milky Way.

But even without planets we were both smiling when we finally headed to bed just as the sun was beginning to light up the world.

We knew we’d had a wonderful night under the stars, and if we were lucky we’d be out the next night too.

Stay tuned.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “Stars, the first night

  1. Some great photos! Sorry you didn’t see the whole alignment. No way was I going to get up early enough for that 😉


  2. Oh wow, Dawn. These are absolutely stunning! Love that you got out there and captured these and are shating with us, too!


  3. What a wonderful experience. That last photo is especially beautiful. Well done!


  4. Eerily beautiful, Dawn. You are definitely a pro. I’d be in the tent sleeping. Wait. What?! I’d be at a nearby hotel sleeping.


    • Well, I DID get a hotel room for this trip. Mostly because I couldn’t find an open camp site. And since it was HOT I thought air conditioning would be nice while I was trying to sleep during the day.

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  5. Just beautiful!! What a magical night for you!


  6. Those are some pawsomoe pawtographs. Is that a meteor in the fourth pawtograph?

    Inquiring Collies want to know.

    Gemini & Normandy


  7. Hi Dawn! Your photos are stunning! I am glad that you are near an area that is dark enough to see the milky way. 😊
    Thank you for sharing! Sending you a hug!


  8. It’s amazing what your camera picks up at night. Just magical! I am often sound asleep before sunset. Only when I am camping and getting up for the ladies room, do I see the night sky. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  9. Truly magical. Must be such a peaceful experience after the rest of the world has gone to bed.


    • It is. Most of the time. Though sometimes, especially in the woods, you hear something and then it doesn’t feel so peaceful. That’s why it’s more comfortable to have a photo buddy.


  10. Incredible night sky photos, Dawn. All efforts really paid off!


  11. Dawn, thanks for showing us what we missed by sleeping during the night! What beautiful shots, and I’ll stay tuned to view more when you get them posted.


  12. Nice! Thanks for the reminder that the day doesn’t end at sunset.


  13. These are stunning, Dawn.


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