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Monday, February 29, 2016, City of Rocks State Park, NM, Day 2, 0 Miles, 4,615.2 Miles for the Trip

Happy Leap Year to all! A slow day that, after my morning walk, was spent sitting around the campground. While sunny & temperatures in the mid 70's, it was a windy day so while sitting out I kept having to choose between shade, shelter from the wind, and sun to warm up. Never satisfied!

I did take some night photos last night. These are 20 second exposures (at f:2.8 & an ISO of 1250). While a longer exposure would let me include fainter stars, or a better image shot at a lower ISO, unless you have an equatorial mount for the camera, any longer than a 20 second exposure turns the stars into streaks. In fact, I may point my camera at the North Star (aka Polaris) & do a long exposure to make a star circle tonight. For the second wide image I waited out the airplanes - a pain to do on a 3 image panorama!

This is one of the few campgrounds that actually gets dark. Until moon rise, the only light was from the stars. I used a flashlight to show the trailer in the photos that include it. I also retook the campsite photo with the sun behind the rocks - no flare, and wandered around photographing some of the rocks.

New Campsite Photo Early Under the Stars Later under the Stars Darn Those Airplanes!
Neighbors From Germany The Hook Up Section Some Rocks South Night Sky
More Rocks And More Rocks    

I have new neighbors - they are from Germany, brought their VW camper van over to Nova Scotia, and are taking a 1 year tour of the US. They have a blog of their travels, although unless you read German, you will have to use the Google translator link they provide to read it.

Assuming the wind dies down enough to get the stove out to cook it, dinner will be a smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage sandwich, broccoli, & beans.

Until tomorrow -

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