Under January Stars

Solitary Cottonwood tree at Lake Henshaw under a cold full moon night. Near Warner Springs, California, United States. January 2014.

Solitary Cottonwood tree at Lake Henshaw under a cold full moon night. Near Warner Springs, California, United States. January 2014.

I knew that I wanted something different for the January photo of the Cottonwood tree at Lake Henshaw. With the very clear and dry air and a wonderful full moon (alternatively: the severe lack of a storm or some useful clouds in the daytime), why not try a night photo?

So we drove out into the back country after dinner on Friday, and we could watch the temperature drop on the car’s thermometer as we drove higher up from San Diego, first to Ramona, then to Santa Ysabel, and then north on Highway 79 towards Lake Henshaw. Once we left the light pollution of the cities and settlements behind us, driving through the moonlit landscape was a treat itself already. At the lake, temperatures were close to freezing (35° Fahrenheit, 1° Celsius), and I had left my gloves at home since I didn’t expect it to be that cold!

Night photography is fascinating, the camera can capture so much more than the eye can see, it’s beautiful, and amazing. If it wasn’t for the stars and the deep blue sky, one could almost think this is a daytime photo. I really like how this turned out!

2 Responses

  1. How did I miss this? Beautifully composed & processed. I love how you keep coming back to this same scene and creating something new while many would shoot once and move on.

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