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I had a fun week-end with my good friend Theresa shooting stars, and Alpine Glow on Mt. Shasta and Mt. Shastina.

We arrived at Lake Shastina Friday afternoon and hiked 250ft up a rocky, loose soiled fire road to do some scouting and look for a good composition of Mt Shasta/Shastina for sunset.

There were too many tall trees up there blocking the view, and the wind had kicked up a bit wrecking the reflection of the Volcano in the lake so we hiked back down the road to a spot we liked. On the way down my right foot slipped on a patch of loose, and rocky dirt and down I went knee first.  My lower leg landed with my boot/foot outward and my inner shin hit a rock when it landed.  I swore. A lot.

I knew it wasn’t broken, and I could put some weight on it so I limped down to the chosen spot.  T suggested we leave for the motel and get ice and rest for the rest of the night.  No! I wanted to get the shot!  I applied RICE when we got back to our motel and got up ready to shoot on Saturday.

I wouldn’t be hiking, but we had a very full day of flowers, waterfalls, an old lumber town,  star trails, and we ended our Saturday photographing the Milky Way.  I made this image just before midnight.

Milky Way over Mt. Shasta and Mt Shastina

I was so happy to be under so many stars again!   I’m thankful for the time I spent hanging out with T, not breaking my leg/knee, for a husband who “gets” me, and has always supported me, my hobbies, and dreams even when they aren’t his dreams or hobbies, and I’m thankful for seeing this beautiful place again.   I’m ready to go back! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Nikon D801| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G @f/2.8| 20s| ISO 3200| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2017

More to come…



  1. Truly excellent picture, Deborah! 🙂
    Makes me want to go camping near some lovely lake and be awake at night and hear the sweet voices of nature.

  2. Whoa. this shot is stunning, Deborah! Catching up on your life and all the posts I missed. It has been insanely busy, since I started on what one of my friends called my mammoth painting. Sorry for your fall!

    • Thank you so much Jesh! Hope the Mammoth Painting is going well, and I can’t wait to see it!

      • It is a more complicated painting than the Cloud, so it will take longer:)

  3. Well, catching up on missing blogs so this is the accident report. Glad it didn’t ruin your week but getting injured at the beginning of an adventure is a bummer. The MW shot is really cool; as I mentioned I got the MW shot last Friday night but I always have a tough time PP cause the image is not prominant with the naked eye and the camera usually catches a faint image. Backstory on my shot; as I wrapped up after spending 3 hours at the lighthouse another photographer arrived and I had my bright headlamp on to light up where I was walking so my light blinded her – I thought to myself, this person looks like Anna but she was bundled up and it could have been someone else so I just continued on my way to my car to put my equipment away. On second thought I went back to my shooting spot to see if it was Anna but she and her friend moved further down the path towards the lighthouse in the dark so I thought maybe it wasn’t her so I headed home (almost 12:30 a.m.). After I posted my image, Anna commented that she was there that night – mystery solved, and I wish I spoke up so I could have shot a few more shots with her or even head down to Sharkfin Cove.

    • Ah, what a bummer you didn’t stop sooner and call out Anna’s name. It’s neat that you both headed over to shoot the MW the same night. What are the odds!

      My knee is getting better. Still swollen, and tender but I’m barely limping.

      Thank you for the compliment on my MW image. PP the MW. If I can help with any questions just ask!

  4. I’m so impressed! Beautiful shot!

    • Thank you so much Hannah! It felt wonderful to be out under so many stars and photographing them. I’ve been longing for this time of year. I hope this is just the beginning of a great season under the stars.

      Hope all is well with you! Have a great week-end!

  5. Glad you didn’t break any bones or sprain any ligaments! That is a beautiful photo! Those stars! And I love the way the blue-black of the sky is echoed in the lake. I bet you got some great photos of flowers and other neat stuff too. You’re hardcore! 🙂

  6. What a gorgeous picture Deborah! You are so talented!

  7. Hope your leg is feeling better!

  8. I hope the healing process is still going well. You captured a gorgeous image! Love the full day of flowers as well! 🙂

    • And waterfalls and Lumber towns! Hit send too soon! I’m hoping for some sunshine on my getaway as it’s been rainy here and dampening my ability to catch some scenery 🙂

    • I’m hardly limping, but am still a bit swollen and bruised. So, healing is going well. 🙂 Thank you!!

      Thank you for the lovely comment I’m glad you like the image.

  9. By the way, you are a true “trouper!!” The photographs must go on! (Like the “show must go on!”) I hope the knee will become a bruise and get healed soon! I take double vitamin supplements when I hurt myself. . . hugs xo

  10. May I wish upon more than one star? This is a gorgeous display of the Milky Way, Deborah. Special and thank you for sharing this! My table of women enjoyed this so much. xo

    • Oui, tu peux!! Thank you so much for this lovely comment Robin! Thank the ladies at the table for me too please! xxx

      • We are unanimously happy for how you brightened our lunch table, Deborah!! The heavens smiled upon us for a moment, too. xo

  11. Another stunning image from you, Deborah! I am so thankful that you did not break your leg. That must be terribly painful, and yet you bravely persevered for the shot.

  12. OUCH! I’m glad to hear you’re ok … in an ouchie kind of way, but damn! That could have been bad. My husband always says that if we stayed home and never did anything, we wouldn’t get hurt …. but then again, where’s the fun in that? 😉

    That spectacular night sky when the Milky Away is out in full display is breathtaking. I’ve only experienced it a couple of times in my life. You captured it so beautifully. Your photo is a WOW! That blue streak on the water keeps catching my eye. Any clues as to what it is?

    • There’s NO FUN in that! 🙂

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my Milky Way image. I’m not sure if the big reflection is a star or what. It’s in every frame I made.

      • I had thought it might be a distorted reflection from a shooting star, but if it’s in every frame, likely not.

        • No, not a shooting star. I didn’t see one all evening. 😦 They were probably zinging across the sky behind me this time. 🙂

  13. Oh dear! Sorry to hear about your leg, but WOWZA on this shot! I think it was worth it – LOL!

  14. Hope your knee and leg are back to feeling well. Lucky lady you didn’t break something. And, that is some great photo of the stars. Wow! 🙂

  15. Those stars are amazing!

  16. Sorry about your owie, but oh that’s a beautiful shot! I hope this week is beautiful and painless for you 🙂

    • Thank you so much Joey! I’m not in much pain now thankfully. Just wish I could heal as quick as I did when I was a kid. I’d be running circles around myself if so. 🙂

  17. 1 hr further north to Mt. Ashland and we could have had a coffee.

    • We wondered if that peak we could see in the distance was Mt. Ashland?

      • to the north, yes, just a bit of snow on Ashland now

  18. Excellent photo!

  19. Welcome back, Deborah. Sorry to read about the shin (oooo, how painful!!) but happy to read everything else and to see your lovely photo. I know you have lots more, too, which is exciting. 🙂


  20. Now, that’s what I’m talking about. The milky way is Beautiful. Glad you didn’t break anything.

  21. Wow! I haven’t seen the Milky Way since I was a girl! I guess it’s on my bucket list to go somewhere I can see it again before I leave for keeps. Thanks for the beautiful photograph.

    • Thank you so much Marian! I hope you take a drive out to the country away from city lights and see the Milky Way!

      • I AM out in the country, but the city lights pollute the night sky even so. We see a LOT more stars here than in the city, but still not quite the Milky Way. I’m thinking maybe Jupiter.

        • With the right camera and fast lens you could see what your eyes can not. 🙂 It’s there. I’ve shot the MW in the hills above the Bay Area which is heavily light polluted. It’s amazing what a camera/lens can see.

          You need to be able to shoot at really high ISO like 3200 and get relatively clean files or ones that don’t have so much noise you lose details. Then you just need to know where and when to point your camera/lens.

  22. Beautiful!

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