Laguna Meadows under the Stars (6 photos)

Another night time visit to the Laguna Mountains – after my first trip up there alone by the end of July, Shuwen and I went together this time.

Having earned my “been there, done that” t-shirt for night-sky time lapses on the previous visit I focused on the still photography this time. The sky was entirely clear, not a single cloud to be seen, and the waxing half moon illuminated the meadows and trees nicely.

We hiked in from the Meadows trailhead this time, taking the more direct approach via the Big Laguna Trail instead of the Sunset Trail – both trails lead to Water of the Woods, the little pond that drains Laguna Meadows and eventually feeds Pine Creek down in Nobel Canyon.

I was of course fully expecting the same pleasant summer night conditions again, but boy were we in for a surprise. On my first visit I was dozing lazily in the dry grass of the meadows as the camera clicked away on interval mode – this time, the temperature just kept dropping and dropping. By the time we were back at the car (probably around 10pm) the thermometer showed 48F!

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