The Pines

The Pines - A stand of pine trees together with the Large Magellanic Cloud  and constellation of Orion setting.

The Pines – A stand of pine trees together with the Large Magellanic Cloud and constellation of Orion setting.

I recently enjoyed a few days on Rottnest Island. Days were filled with landscape and nature photography, and exploring the plentiful bays and salt lakes, while one night was dedicated to astrophotography. The conditions were less than ideal, and I was alone (something I prefer not to be) so I can’t say I got the best out of the night,but I did get something.

It’s an interesting experience cycling around Rottnest Island in the dead of night when everyone else wouldn’t even consider being out and about. In fact it’s an interesting concept cycling to do astrophotography just for starters! How would you carry your tripods, camera gear and astrophotography mount on a bicycle?! I managed but I have to say walking or driving makes the job easier (cars are not an option on Rottnest Island). Anyhow, it was just me and 1,000,000 quokka friends out there! The pesky creatures wouldn’t leave me alone for a second, scratching at my tripod and my camera bag.

This shot is one of about 5 astrophoto’s which I will end up publishing from the night. The others will take some time to get out as priorities do battle for my evening time. This photograph is of a nice stand of pine trees in a bit of a valley. The glow beyond the pine trees is a lighthouse. To the top left is the Large Magellanic Cloud and setting on the right is the constellation of Orion with the pink colour of the Orion Nebula quite obvious. The hillside surrounding the pines is covered in tufty grasses.