Here are my favorite pictures I took in June 2017:
Here’s a series of time-lapse sequences that I shot on Blue Ridge Parkway the evening and night of June 25 (the three previous pictures where part of this night:
I had so much fun shooting the night sky from the parkway that I made Frendo go back up with me the next night. We shot on BRP, then stopped at Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest around 1am, but there was too much spray from the falls to get anything good (I had tried the previous night as well). After that, we made a quick stop (well, 90 minutes probably) at Hooker Falls and shot some more time-lapse and still photos from DuPont State Forest.
At this point, hopelessly addicted to nightspace photography, but utterly exhausted, we headed out for a third night in a row, but this time to Lake Conestee Nature Park, which is located right in Greenville.
It turned out to be a very interesting night to shoot, as a bomber from nearby Donaldson Center was flying test runs over us. Before sunset, we got some great stills of the low-flying bomber right over the heron nests, but after sunset, their navigational lights made some amazing streaks of color through our photos. Also, the dock we shot from is over water created by a large beaver lodge and dam, and the beavers did not enjoy our after-dark presence in their neighborhood. I must have jumped about a dozen times as the crack of a beaver tail shot water three or four feet into the air.