EXPLORING NEW PLACES IN THE DARK - (6 PHOTOS)

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A few weeks back I was headed to Las Vegas with my family for my son's gymnastics competition and we stayed overnight at my Uncle's place in Hurricane, Utah (pronounced her-i-kun) and so I planned on getting up early and shooting sunrise at a nearby spot.
When I checked the weather and it called for clear skies (not great for sunrise) I thought I'd check to see if there was a chance for some early season milky way. Hoorah! I'd have an hour of milky way core above the horizon. So I set my alarm for 4 AM and headed to bed around 10 PM.

It took about 45 minutes to drive to the location and 20 minutes to hike to where I could shoot. I was alone, in the dark, and it was about 20ºF. Southern Utah is home to coyotes, mountain lions, and of course the dreaded chupacabra. Fortunately I had no scares with wild things, besides some fresh (still soft and warm...don't ask) droppings on the trail which I assume were from a coyote or chupacabra, but I heard nothing so I was good.

Trying to find good compositions in the dark is pretty tough but I was able to come up with the following photos.

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As it got closer to sunrise I could see more of the foreground and quickly realised how awesome the landscape was. I'll be back again to get more night photos of this amazing place.

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Oh my! These are GORGEOUS shots. Both the nighttime starry sky shots, and the amazing rock formations in daytime.
(still soft and warm...don't ask) droppings on the trail which I assume were from a coyote or chupacabra,
Hmmm, but did it taste like chupacabra droppings?!? LOL

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What spot is this? I'll be down in that area a bit in march and even end of this month as well.

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