Who Needs a Five Star Hotel?

Who Needs a Five Star Hotel?

My son, Curtis, reads under Casa Grande and the stars at the Chisos Basin campground, Big Bend National Park, TX, July 2005. For you astronomers out there, this is the tail of Scorpius (right side of image) and Saggitarius (just to the right of Casa Grande). You should be able to pick out Shaula and Lesath (the stinger), and from there M7 and M6. The nebulosity of M8 (Lagoon Nebula) is plainly visible, and so are the stars surrounding the M24 area (what always reminds me of an arrowhead). This is a 30-second exposure using a Canon 10-24-mm UWA lens set to 10-mm and infinite focus. During the exposure Curtis continued casually reading his magazine ("Backpacker"!). Although he occasionally flipped a page during the exposure, he was still enough that you don't notice his movement in the image. Why would anyone ever prefer to stay in a hotel with just five stars? ;-)

Mark Doiron
on Aug 11, 2005 10:09 am
Image ID: 119697


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DragoA - Apr 10, 2006 4:30 pm - Voted 10/10


Five ***** picture

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Apr 10, 2006 7:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: *****

Thanks, DragoA! I've got to admit I stole that "five star hotel" tag line from an ad in Backpacker magazine. But, it surely fit, didn't it? ;-)


Charles - Apr 15, 2006 12:39 pm - Voted 10/10

who indeed!



Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Apr 15, 2006 6:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: who indeed!

No one! ;-) Thanks, Charles, for looking at my images!


Charles - Apr 16, 2006 6:57 am - Voted 10/10

Re: who indeed!

it´s a pleasure!


Holsti97 - Apr 25, 2006 7:45 pm - Voted 10/10


this shot is so coool!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Apr 25, 2006 8:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Mark....

Thanks, Holsti97! The night skies (can you tell I'm an amateur astronomer?) are extremely dark. It took two nights of trying to get the image I wanted. But it really shows why I do this: I love the night sky, and, of course, I love time spent in the wilderness with my son (who's growing up far too rapidly!).


Sajama - May 23, 2006 6:58 am - Voted 10/10

Sweet dreams

Very beautiful image and incredible place to sleep!

Sweet dreams, Curtis and Mark.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - May 23, 2006 11:27 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Sweet dreams

Thanks, Sajama! I love dark places and it certainly was. Seeing the Coal Sack (in the Milky Way) pop out at you is certainly breathtaking.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 5, 2006 6:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: That's really cool!

Too many for me to count, which is how I love it! Thanks for looking. --mark d.

Erik Beeler

Erik Beeler - Dec 5, 2006 5:06 pm - Voted 10/10


...about covers it. Great shot.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 5, 2006 6:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool...

Thanks for the comment and for looking, Soccerboy. --mark d.


tuntun - Dec 6, 2006 9:44 am - Voted 10/10


Again and again..Want to vote more stars.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 6, 2006 3:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Again..

I do love the stars--those in the nighttime sky, that is! --mark d.


justahiker - May 15, 2007 3:59 am - Voted 10/10


Shame that 10 is highest grade I can give you, Mark!


Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - May 15, 2007 7:21 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Fantastic!!

Thanks, Justahiker, glad that you enjoyed it! :-) --mark d.


patricktaschler - Sep 7, 2007 7:42 am - Hasn't voted

* * * * *

I think you got the title wrong ... this is(!) a five star hotel :))

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Sep 7, 2007 8:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: * * * * *

Thanks, Patrick, I think so too! --mark d.


johnloguk - Jan 26, 2008 10:09 am - Voted 10/10

Just brilliant!

A great photo that sums up why the enlightened among us love camping in wild places! Hotels? You can keep 'em!!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Jan 27, 2008 5:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Just brilliant!

Thanks for the really nice comment, Johnloquk! --mark d.

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