Friday, June 6, 2008

The Stars

Well, I'm sorry. I don't have any pictures for today, but that's because the interesting things happened at night. We returned to Moab from Glenwood Springs and decided to take a sunset shot at Green River Overlook. This spot looks down on the area we were driving in a couple of days ago. It's an absolutely HUGE view and made a really beautiful sunset shot. Unfortunately, the pictures are all on the big cameras, so we can't post them to the blog. After sunset we joined a park ranger for a stargazing program. He was very knowledgable and helped to pick out some major constellations along with night direction finding. After he left, we took a star trail shot. This kind of photography is a little different than conventional daytime shooting. You have to set for a 20 minute to 3 hour exposure. This means a lot of time wait and looking up. At the end of the exposure, hopefully you have a photo that shows the stars moving in the sky. They look like bright streaks, and it's a really neat effect. Greg got an especially good one where you can actually see both the canyon below and the stars above. Star trails are his new favorite form of photography, so that will probably translate into a lot of time staring up into the night sky.

OK, now it's time to change gears. I have several neat things you can do to keep up with us. The first is commenting on this blog. At the end of each post there's a little link that says comments. If you click on it, you can write a comment on the post or just let us know that you're reading if you like.

The second cool thing is my favorite. I will post a few sets of geographic coordinates. If you go to google and click on maps, you can copy these coordinates into the search field and see exactly where we've been. The cool part is if you click on "sattelite" to get sattelite imagery of the location. There's a lot of fun you can have looking at the world from space right on your computer. So here's the first few sets of coordinates.

38.5833,-109.8164

38.4763,-109.923

38.3743,-109.9654

38.257,-109.8655

38.3877,-109.8014

OK, let me know if you have any trouble with these, and I'll try to make the directions clearer. Have fun!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

HI GUYS THIS IS A TEST

Betsy & Ted Wieber, Duluth, GA said...

Hello Jason and Greg --

The Wiebers of Duluth are in your cyberspace audience. Ted sent us your blog address from Fox News in NYC.

All of the stargazing and lat/long coordinates bring back thoughts of celestial navigation from my Navy days. The satellite views on Google worked well for us -- it all looks red and dry!

We ran into your parents a couple days ago at Carrabba's -- they are proud and very confident in your abilities -- as they eased any separation anxiety with some fresh pasta.

Sounds as though you have handled all challenges with ease -- except for the 72 oz steak. How tough is the driving?

Our thoughts will be with you. Stay safe.

Joe Hope said...

Greg and Jason:

I amd truly enjpying following you. The satelite tracking is realy cool. Enjoy every minute, even when stuff does not work or go as anticipated.

Joe Hope

rosa said...

HI GUYS!!! I SAW THE PICTURES AND I'M GLAD TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME EVEN WITH A FEW PROBLEMS WITH YOUR TENT,YOU NEVER FORGET THIS NEW EXPERIENCES AND THE PICTURES ARE GOOD,I HOPE YOU ENJOY EVERY MOMENT,FROM HERE WE ARE IN OUR THOUGTS. GOOD LUCK! YOUR FRIEND ROSA NO SE SI ESCRIBI BIEN PERO LES DESEO MUCHA SUERTE Y DISFRUTEN AL MAXIMO SU VIAJE. Y DIOS LOS BENDIGA..

Jason Lewis said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

To the Wiebers -- I talked to Ted, and it sounds like the internship is fantastic! I know you're both very proud of him as you should be. The terrain is usually red and always very dry. We're discovering every day how much we love forests, but it really is fantastically beautiful here. The driving really isn't all that bad. The White Rim was easy compared to what I'm used to here, but there were some extremely steep sections with loose rock and several switchbacks made completely of sand.

To Mr. Hope -- I'm glad you're enjoying the satellite tracking. I have a lot of fun with it myself. Things aren't going as planned, but we expected that :). It's part of the fun to wing it and see what happens. Plans change and sometimes things work out better than you could have planned them.

Rosa,
Gracias por escribir, y sus pensamientos. Su ingles es muy bueno (como siempre). Nos disfrutamos mucho y queremos que usted le disfruta nuestro blog tambein. Dios le bendiga,
Jason