Cloud Covered Milky Way

The new moon is upon us, which means prime astro-photography opportunities.  I checked the weather as the sun faded under the horizon and decided to take a drive to Itasca State Park, as it is the darkest sky near me , to see if I could photograph the Milky Way.  The best time to see it was just after Midnight for roughly 2 hours before the center also fell to the horizon.  I arrived around 11:40 in order to have time to setup my gear and begin shooting.  Things were looking great until about 12:30am, when wispy clouds started showing in my 2 minute exposures. By 12:45 a cloud bank had blocked the entire Milky Way.

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Kitty Hawk is just north of Nags Head, NC.  We made our way to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the early afternoon.  We spent far more time than we had anticipated, as the site is larger than expected and contains several trails and displays.  Unfortunately, the main visitor center was under construction, but the temporary center had a lot of good information, a small gift shop and several Ranger’s answering questions.

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