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Back Mountain Trail on foot, and some nighttime photography

Monday, December 15th, 2008

On Saturday, we hiked part of the Back Mountain trail. We had contemplated going to a state park for a more challenging hike, but then we fell asleep on the couch and by the time we got moving again, it was too late.

It was a chilly day, in the 20s, and there was a little bit of snow and ice in places. Despite our late start and the cool weather, we managed to hike about 4 miles.

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Back Mountain Trail

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Toby Creek

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Slightly revised fees

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Sarah and Rob

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Icicles

The Back Mountain Trail has some beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, it’s rather noisy, with PA Route 309 running right below it. I found the noise a little more bothersome on foot than it is when I’m on my bicycle. Still, it felt great to be outside.

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Rock face and trail

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Ongoing construction — I need to find out what this structure is. They were doing some welding.

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Waterfall

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A nearly-vertical cloud

It was getting dark quickly, so the photos get pretty dark here, but they depict the moment well, I think. I could mess around with them and try to make them brighter, but the growing vagueness as darkness fell was part of the allure.
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Sarah and Rob again

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Me

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Sarah

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Rob

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Heading back. The glowing dots are street lights for the highway below

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Power lines

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Getting darker

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Glowing trees

A few times I used rocks, trees, or handrails in lieu of a tripod. This worked fairly well. I tend to forget how much I enjoy nighttime photography. After we got home and ate dinner, I set out on foot, camera and tripod in tow. There are a couple of beautiful church buildings in the area that are illuminated at night. I did  some exposure bracketing, and I planned on making some HDR images, but in my view the plain night shots turned out better. So, no HDR shots here.

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Wall

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Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church (and full moon)

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Dome on St. Mary’s

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Mary

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Doors

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Stained glass

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The Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola

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This must be either Mary, or St. Ann (Mary’s mother)

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Statue

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Reflection in a neighboring building

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Abstract

2 Responses to “Back Mountain Trail on foot, and some nighttime photography”

  1. furiousball Says:

    Rob still has that stare, love that dog

  2. Jonathan Says:

    Re: Ongoing Construction: That is a new sewage cylinder that Dallas Area Municipal Authority is constructing to meet the demands of the growing back mountain area.

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