Lost Lake

Yesterday, I took advantage of the almost-new moon and beautiful clear weather to take photos of the stars at Lost Lake. This small lake sits in the shadow of Mount Hood, and, despite its proximity to several towns and major highways, offers a surprisingly good dark sky.

Star Trails at Lost Lake
Star Trails at Lost Lake

In the morning, I took a kayak out onto the lake, where I saw some excellent birds, and even managed to photograph some of them without tipping my boat.

Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon
Belted Kingfisher
Common Merganser ducklings (Mergus merganser)
Common Merganser ducklings

On my way, I also stopped by Oregon’s iconic Multnomah Falls, which drops over six hundred feet, and is consequently very difficult to photograph with a 35 mm lens …

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

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