It's quite in here - like Stonehenge

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Gary from Seattle Veteran Member • Posts: 5,485
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That is a really great shot, Mike. The crescent moon adds a lot to the image and makes it feel mystical.

The scene reminds me of one I saw and imaged in the early 90's at Chaco Canyon. The post sunset scene had the most spectacular blue hour - shades of magenta to yellow actually - from the Pinatubo colors. The scene was so beautiful that everyone on the park road was stopped, dumbfounded by the sky colors. Chaco was great at least back then as everyone that visited was incredibly interested in the amazing archaeology. I had several long conversations with other interested visitors as I walked the trails. It was the most magical place I've ever visited.

Above Chetro Ketl, and through the windows of it's wall was a lovely crescent moon. That is a memory I still treasure nearly 30 years later. There is a pictograph in the canyon that is thought to have recorded the supernova explosion of 1054.

That night with the incredibly clear skies, the Chaco observatory opened it's doors to the public to view the SW skies that were about the darkest in North America.

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JarusNZ Junior Member • Posts: 44
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Great shot. I like the raven in the background also. How did you get so close?.

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Great shot, congrats!

pierre.

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Great shot of an iconic site

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nordic_shooter Junior Member • Posts: 28
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Great shot, well done!

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Gary from Seattle wrote:

That is a really great shot, Mike. The crescent moon adds a lot to the image and makes it feel mystical.

The scene reminds me of one I saw and imaged in the early 90's at Chaco Canyon. The post sunset scene had the most spectacular blue hour - shades of magenta to yellow actually - from the Pinatubo colors. The scene was so beautiful that everyone on the park road was stopped, dumbfounded by the sky colors. Chaco was great at least back then as everyone that visited was incredibly interested in the amazing archaeology. I had several long conversations with other interested visitors as I walked the trails. It was the most magical place I've ever visited.

Above Chetro Ketl, and through the windows of it's wall was a lovely crescent moon. That is a memory I still treasure nearly 30 years later. There is a pictograph in the canyon that is thought to have recorded the supernova explosion of 1054.

That night with the incredibly clear skies, the Chaco observatory opened it's doors to the public to view the SW skies that were about the darkest in North America.

wow, holy cow, some great memorable experiences! I had to google Chetro Ketl, 400 rooms, wow.

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JarusNZ wrote:

Great shot. I like the raven in the background also. How did you get so close?.

We had to book the access a year in advance, they offer a special access at sunrise with a limited amount of people, I think it was around 20 people. THey bus you in and bus you out, you get I think it was about 1 hour. You have complete access which is nice, you can go behind the ropes and in amongst the stones.

I spent my hour trying to get a few shots without other people in the frames and also balancing that to make sure I was experiencing the enjoyment of being at such an amazing place too, another young couple spent their hour her doing yoga poses in front of Stonehenge while her boyfriend video and snapped pics of her. It was kind of funny but mostly sad, as the hour neared it's completion I remember her turning around finally and wanting to actually look at Stonehenge, the ranger was shooing everybody back to the bus by then. I guess she had to end up looking at her instagram feed to see what Stonehenge looked like.

Here is what it really looked like, and one with the sun rising. Well worth the extra money and effort to get the sunrise access.

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