Listening to coyotes calling in the western forest

April 6th, 2015, 2am

The best nights for star photography are the coldest nights. It was early April—only -2ºC. But Venus was shining above the horizon and the north skies beckoned, so I headed outside to try my luck.

With no preparation and out of practice with my equipment, this photo is the best I could do. But it’ll stay with me as that night when the wind pushed against my chest, when I turned my back on the light pollution and clouds gathering in the south and listened to the still-wild coyotes howl.

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Jonathon Reed

Cheerful wanderer. Passionate about breakfast and jumping off high things. Exploring is in my blood.

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