Atop Gibraltar Rock

I’m up here in the dark,  looking down from cliffs on a peaceful night after the sun and crescent moon have both gone to slumber.

At the time I journeyed up here I nearly cursed the lugging of all the heavy clothing that I’m now happy I have … I was fortunate though, .. this day was 70° and also turned out to be a great sky for stars and a hint of sunset color. It was supposed to be overcast and even cooler …
One of the last nights of the year that I’d get to see the galactic center, briefly, and without a moon….
so my plan panned out!

I sit here now, in the dark, between a tree’s root, while one camera clicks every four minutes for trails of stars. The other camera does the same just a bit to my left.

I had an idea for adding myself to the images when there was still plenty of light. I hauled warm gear and a few dresses and cowgirl boots. … two tripods and two camera bodies, as well as little but important things: compass, iPhone, …

From up here the breeze has picked up and I see lights from the houses and farms at the base of this cliff. The sounds from life below echo all the way up the cliff …

And soon I’ll pack up, grateful for the night as my fingers grow colder …

Images from Gibraltar Rock

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Twilight to Night Time lapse still created on top of Gibraltar Rock, Lodi, WI

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