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? ;-)


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hshdude - Apr 15, 2008 10:42 am - Hasn't voted


I'm sitting in my office now, wishing I'd be at a place like that instead. Wonderful shot.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Apr 15, 2008 2:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: speechless

Thanks, Hshdude, the skies at Big Bend are indeed breathtaking. --mark d.


CrazySanMan - Aug 7, 2008 6:07 am - Voted 10/10

Great photo!

Outstanding photography work.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 7, 2008 8:09 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great photo!

Thanks, CrazySanMan, I really do appreciate the feedback! :-) --mark d.


RSBARNES - Sep 14, 2008 2:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Sky's the limit

Texas.. You don't always have to summit a mountain to have a beautiful view.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Sep 14, 2008 3:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sky's the limit

No you don't! Thanks for stopping by! --mark d.


runawayreignbow - Oct 22, 2008 1:58 pm - Hasn't voted


very beautiful......!! i love it..

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Oct 22, 2008 2:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: amazing!

And, again, thank you! --mark d.

steven15933 - Jul 31, 2010 12:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Richard Doiron

Thats a sky at night in Texas.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 1, 2010 3:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Richard Doiron

LOL, yes it is. So what's with the userID?

--mark d.


slowbutsteady - Mar 5, 2011 3:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Love this image...

Great job of keeping star trails to a minimum. How hot was it during the day in July at Big Bend?

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Mar 6, 2011 6:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Love this image...

It wasn't that bad. We hiked out to Santa Elena Canyon in the late afternoon and to Balanced Rocks in the mid-afternoon. But, it was definitely more comfortable up in the mountains. Thanks for looking and posting a comment! --mark d.

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