Searching for Light by WaynePinkston

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA. There is quite a bit of smoke on the horizon from wildfires in California. They have had a record breaking drought, and now wildfires.
The smoke obscures stars near the horizon and is illuminated by light pollution from the town of Moab. Hope you enjoy!

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Delicate Light by WaynePinkston

This is the iconic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, in Utah, USA. I had wanted to try my hand at this for a while, but the site had become so popular that I had major reservations about competing with others over “territory” for filming. Fellow photographer Eric Gail and I made the hike and found 20-25 people there including 2 people who said they were from the BBC making a time lapse. Two of the parities did indeed get into a hostile shouting match and the location “heated up”. After everyone calmed down we were able to take turns and everything worked out just fine. Thanks to everyone there for such good co-operation. We did set up this lighting scheme which most found acceptable. A few people preferred the blue light of LEDs, and they had their turn. The time lapse people just filmed it all.

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Aeon Rising by goldpaintphotography

Aeon Rising shows a possible ending of an eternity or the beginning of a time. Plato used the term Aeon to denote the eternal world of ideas, which he conceived, was “behind” the perceived world. Likewise, we may only see the arched shadows projected on its wall; but if we free ourselves from our own confines, we may see the form of true reality, rather than mere shadows.

2016 Night Sky Photography Workshops

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CL9UD by DaniloFaria

The phrase “to be on cloud nine”, meaning that one was blissfully happy, started life in the United States and has been widely known there since the 1950s; it’s since spread worldwide. It’s said to have been popularized by the Johnny Dollar radio show of that period, in which every time the hero was knocked unconscious he was transported to Cloud Nine. But that wasn’t the origin of the phrase. It’s been around since the 1930s, though early examples show a lot of numerical variability, with the cloud sometimes being as low as number seven or eight or as high as thirty-nine, though seven and nine were most common. These discrepancies make me suspect the usual explanation of its origin, which is that it comes from the US Weather Bureau. The story is that this organization describes (or once described) clouds by an arithmetic sequence. Level Nine was the very highest cumulonimbus, which can reach 30,000 or 40,000 feet and appear as glorious white mountains in the sky. So if you were on cloud nine you should be at the very peak of existence.

Delicate Arch, arguably the main attraction of Arches National Park is viewed from a side angle across the canyon. There are a few people around and below it, so you can see the sheer size of its formation (65-ft/20 m tall freestanding). Behind it, a massive summer storm is moving in, on cloud nine… Thank you all for your support and feedback!

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