Star Vortex

This is a very long time exposure taken from the top of Half Dome. It was around 1AM. I pointed the camera straight up towards the sky facing north. Here’s what I wrote in my diary:

I am taking photos after midnight, the camera on tripod open for half an hour at a shot. It is cold. Not so much my torso, but my legs and feet. I look around and see mosaics in the rock of Half Dome. This cannot be true. Looking close by flashlight, taking care not to disturb the sky exposure, I see the “mosaic” is made of lines of frost, the moisture gathered out of the air.

It is so cold I can’t sit or lie down. I must pace, it seems forever. I have a small, flat area I know it is safe to pace. Like Gandalf on the top of Orthanc. When my batteries are gone, photography is over.

For the story of how and why I was on Half Dome at night, see Yosemite Valley from Half Dome, Moon Shadow of Half Dome, Snakes and Ladders, Half Dome by Starlight, and Midnight Rambles.

Posted in Digital Night, Photography