While the purpose of this trip was photography-centered, we tried to create time to just chill and explore on our own. For me that meant sitting on a boulder in a burbling creek for a spell.
Camping near Trout Lake Creek
We found a pleasant spot near Trout Creek, which was about as gentle and relaxing as it could be. I shot a few frames one morning, just sitting on a large, weathered boulder and enjoying the peace.
The Milky Way had moved over to the southern part of the sky when we set out, which in retrospect, was a missed opportunity. The Perseids weren’t peaking until 3 or 4am, so those were the priority. We decided to try to sleep until 2 or so before heading out to a broad clear cut area to the southeast of Trout Lake.
Right around the time the meteor shower was peaking, the thin crescent Moon rose in to the northeast, rising through what looked like some smoky skies, and drenching the lower horizon with gold mists as it shone through. The dark side was clearly visible, and it serendipitously lined up between two lone remaining pines in the field.
Trinity and I had fun shooting some photos of me in the road, painting the lines with our headlamp.