As those who were on the alumni trip will recall, the weather was not exactly co-operative. (Nor was my airline, who lost my luggage with my tripod.) I stayed an extra night this time but that wasn’t enough, the weather still stayed miserable until the day I had to leave. I booked another trip with a friend to hit Mono Lake and the Bristlecone pine forest, and this time his flight was cancelled delaying our start by nine hours, then the weather turned nasty again… until the day I had to leave.
That second trip was a great scouting trip, and I liked how this tree forked. By compass bearing I was pretty sure I would be able to compose Polaris just above the tree tips, forming a nice triangle. It took me a few months to get back, but I was finally rewarded by three perfect nights of clear skies and relative warmth. I had not realized that there was a flight path low on the horizon, which made for a lot of erasing of star trails, but I did get this shot on the last of the three nights I had there. And as expected, Polaris lined up exactly as I had hoped.
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