Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sky Watching in the Klamath Basin

We went up north to the The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  I had read that if you are in the right place at the break of dawn hundreds of Bald Eagles fly from their night roosting site to their hunting grounds.  We got up well before dawn and headed out in search of eagles. 
Well, we did see eagles.  A dozen or so flying high above in the early light.  No good photo op of eagles here.
We did get good views of the moon, just past full, setting in the west behind some rosy clouds.
Looking east, we captured the sun as it rose.  As a bonus, I finally achieved the star burst effect I've been trying for.  The trick?  Wide angle (15mm) and small aperture (f22).
To the south Mt. Shasta with its cap of lenticular cloud caught the rosy glow of first light.
Not the pictures I was looking for but well worth the early wake-up.
I did get a closer look at some eagles but that is a story for another post.

For more views of the sky visit SkyWatch Friday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren and Sylvia.

24 comments:

katney said...

Love those lenticular clouds! What is it about mountains?!? I wouldn't mind spending more time in the Shasta area. Lately we've only driven through, but we camped there for a couple of days long ago.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful captures. Love the eagle and the starburst. The Mt Shasta is just gorgeous and an awesome shot.

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures, Martha! Of course, I love the eagle, the starburst and the lenticular clouds over Mt. Shasta! You did indeed catch some breathtaking skies! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Linda Reeder said...

How wonderful it is it get up before dawn and witness the birth of a new day through your camera eye. I have done it a few times in special places, and it always makes me feel good. Just a little tired later on.
Great photos!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love your star burst. I'm not sure I understand how you did it but I appreciate the result. The eagle against the cloudy sky is nice photo as is the lenticular clouds.

clairz said...

Lovely photos, Martha, and thank you for the tip re the starburst effect.

Barb said...

Martha - that starburst is spectacular. The pink on the snow of Shasta (looking like it's wearing a cloud beret) is wonderful, too.

Gaelyn said...

Whether you got the shot you want or not, these are all spectacular! Love the star burst and rosy Shasta. You are getting around this winter.

Regina said...

Gorgeous skies Martha.
Happy weekend.

Skywatch Friday"

Diane AZ said...

Really interesting sky shots, Martha! I love the starburst sunrise and rosy Mt. Shasta with cloud cap.

Paulie said...

Looks like you hit the jackpot with that sunburst! Absolutely fascinating! Enjoyed each and every photo and look forward to more of the eagles soon!

Kim, USA said...

I love your shots!! Very fantastic!
Sky Watch

Vrinda said...

the second shot is breath taking.

Gary said...

Those clouds in the last photo are incredible!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

Carol said...

These are great sky shots, Martha! Mt. Shasta is beautiful in that wonderful light of dawn. And I love the starburst effect...thanks for the tip also.

Popcorn Served Daily said...

That moon, those clouds....

very nice shots. Loved them all.

Coming over from Skywatch Friday, have a
great weekend.

fredamans said...

Each and every photo I saw, and immediately said WOW!

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2011/01/sky-watch_27.html

Sharodindu said...

lovely post.. i liked the 2nd shot very much.. thanks for sharing :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Love the shot of Mount Shasta and the lenticular clouds, but all the others are lovely, too.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

LV said...

A glorious variety of sky watch shots at its best.

Janie said...

You got some great photos, Martha. That's the cool thing about getting out into nature. You may not see what you expect, but there's always something interesting. I love that starburst effect, and the rosy clouds over the mountain are lovely.

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Great shots- very cool starburst!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh just beautiful Martha! Your photos are great w/ or w/o eagles. You are getting closer to Oregon there -- just a little further ;>)

Carly said...

The last shot with the mountains is absolutely beautiful!