Starry Night on Christmas Eve in Arbon Valley

Just a quick post on astro-landscape photography of the Milky Way shot tonight on Christmas Eve. I found this beautiful spot just as I entered Arbon Valley, which is just over the mountain and through the woods from my house. For this shot I was facing east-southeast, towards Old Tom Mountain and that’s the highest snow covered peak in the first photo. I started shooting around 4:45pm just as the sun was setting and continued until 7pm. It wasn’t too bad until about 6:30pm when the temps dropped to 10 degrees F (-12C). The second shot was repositioned to include Scout Mountain, which is north of Old Tom.

Something new was encountered on this photo excursion, the sound of energy! I was setup under a telephone pole. Unfortunately, some of the wires are in the shot. Anyway, all was quiet sitting there in the dark along side the snow-covered road when all of a sudden I heard this deep throbbing sound. It kept getting louder and for awhile I was looking for a plane over head, but nothing showed up. Finally the sound was pronounced and sounded like it was right on top of me, which it actually was. I walked over to the utility pole and it was vibrating with the pulsing of the energy overhead through the wires. Eventually it died down, only to return later during the photo shoot. Shortly after the sound of electricity, coyotes started their singing in the valley below. Very strange and interesting encounter!

Christmas Eve in Arbon Valley. © Terry Ownby. Nikon D800, Rokinon 14mm/f2.8.

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Milky Way in the Arbon Valley. © Terry Ownby. Nikon D800, Rokinon 14mm/f2.8.

Starry Winter's night in Arbon Valley. © Terry Ownby. Nikon D800 Rokinon 14mm/f2.8

Starry Winter’s night in Arbon Valley. © Terry Ownby. Nikon D800 Rokinon 14mm/f2.8

Ready for a cold evening of astro-landscape photography. © Terry Ownby.

Ready for a cold evening of astro-landscape photography. © Terry Ownby.

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Set up looking east towards Old Tom Mountain. © Terry Ownby.

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