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Last night Jason (blog | flickr) and I went out shooting on Murphy Dome. The hope was (like always) to photograph the incredible aurora we were supposed to have. Like most times as of late, it was a dud of a show. Luckily, in anticipation of the seeming statistical fact that the better prepared I am the duller of a show we get, we left early to take some twilight shots. I snapped on my skis, Jason his snowshoes, we shouldered packs full of tripods and cameras (and a shovel!), and started heading in the direction of the Chatanika River where there are some fairly large rock outcroppings along the way. We both took a lot of pictures. I think they turned out nice.
Once we found a nice area to unload the packs we both wandered around finding our own things to look at. This was my first time really wandering around up here in the winter. It is strikingly beautiful — and frosty. The two bright dots in the sky are Venus (right and bright) and Jupiter (left and not quite as bright). They will be a recurring theme in many of the following shots so keep an eye out for them!
I spent ten minutes digging out a three foot deep pit in the snow, made a seat (with armrests) and sat down and just took a picture every time something interesting happened. Jason took a few time-lapses and stitched them together. In the first one you can see me in the corner digging my hole. I love digging in the snow and will find about any excuse to do it. This was about as bright as the aurora got, but still nice to watch from my throne. Not long after my toes were really cold and Jason’s fingers were numb. We decided to pack it in and head out. It was a good night.