Photos: Pinos Envy (Milky Way)


This photo shows why so many stargazers and astronomers come up when there’s no moon out, especially during the summer when it’s not super cold. This is a photo from our campsite in McGill Campground that I took Friday night (2015-07-17) at Mt. Pinos, near Frazier Park in California, and is a photo from our two day camping trip at Mt. Pinos.

Make that ONE day. The thread of thunder and rain made us retreat to our friends’ home in nearby Frazier Park.

Later, Frazier Park was pummeled with really heavy rain, causing a mudslide that blocked the road, hemming us in for the evening. I took Milky Way shots after the others had gone to sleep. We stayed at our friends’ house overnight, so it was all good.

Friday was gorgeous, and we had fun hanging out amongst the towering pines. Friday night was beautiful and clear. Saturday, the clouds began rolling in from the coast, and by mid-morning, we had decided to pack it up and head down the hill.

Lots of fun, and always a pleasure hanging out with our friends among the beautiful pines and fresh mountain air.

Mount Pinos is probably the best place near Los Angeles for viewing the stars because it has relatively low light pollution, clear skies, and is 8,847 feet (2,697 m) in elevation. Mt. Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County, and one of the most popular spots near Los Angeles for star gazing. As a bonus, if you are in a hurry, you can easily drive up to near the summit, just about 1.4 miles away. My girlfriend and I did just that. There were many people in the parking lot near the summit, many with RVs, telescopes, lawn chairs, cameras, and an occasional acoustic guitar. We walked along the trail to a couple of meadows near Chula Vista Campground and took these photos. That night was a new moon, and so many people wanted to see the Milky Way, as it is more prominent in the Northern Hemisphere during the summer.

In this photo, we are looking just about straight up at the sky, so this is not the densest part of the Milky Way.

Mt. Pinos, called “Iwihinmu” by the Chumash, was considered to be the center of the world (“Liyikshup”), an area where everything was in balance, and was the center of their ancestral home.

Title inspired by Elson Trinidad’s pun!

Title: Pinos Envy (7856)
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 4000. 2015-07-17 23:02.
Location: Mt. Pinos, California, USA
Mount Pinos es probablemente el mejor lugar cerca de Los Angeles para ver las estrellas ya que tiene relativamente poca polucion de luz, cielos claros, y es 8,847 feet (2,697 m) de altura. Mt. Pinos es el punto más alto en el condado de Ventura, y uno de los lugares más populares cerca de Los Angeles para observar las estrellas. Y tambien, si usted está en un apuro, puede conducir fácilmente hasta cerca de la cumbre, a tan sólo unos 1,4 kilómetros de distancia. Mi novia y yo hicimos precisamente eso. Había mucha gente en la playa de estacionamiento cerca de la cumbre, muchos con RVs, telescopios, sillas de jardín, cámaras y una guitarra acústica ocasional. Caminamos por el sendero a un par de prados y tomamos estas fotos. Esa noche era luna nueva, y entonces mucha gente quería ver la Vía Láctea, ya que es más prominente en el hemisferio norte durante el verano.

Monte Pinos, llamados “Iwihinmu” por el Chumash, fue considerado como el centro del mundo (“Liyikshup”), una zona donde todo estaba en equilibrio, y fue el centro de hogar ancestral para ellos.

Título inspirado en un juego de palabras de Elson Trinidad! 😀

Título: Pinos Envy (7856)
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED en 14 mm, 20 segundos, f/2.8, ISO 4000 2015-07-17 23:02.
Ubicación: Mt. Pinos, California, EE.UU.

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