The Milky Way and Meteors over Cape Arago State Park, Oregon

The Milky Way and meteors over Cape Arago State Park, Oregon

I photographed the sunset from the cliffs at Cape Arago State Park in Oregon. Then I settled in and waited for it to turn dark. The skies were clear and I was very hopeful that the Milky Way would be visible over the shore in a few hours. The was no one else around so I felt very lucky to have this spot to myself. Finally, the first few stars started to appear along with Jupiter and Antares. The sky still clear although I could see some low lying clouds near the opposite shore. I took some test shots during the Blue Hour and hoped for the best. The Milky Way appeared on the horizon and I took several more shots. It was just starting to rise perfectly into my framed shot when all of a sudden fog and clouds rolled in! I couldn’t believe it. In another twenty minutes the Milky Way would have been lined up perfectly for my shot. I settled for this shot and packed up to head back to my campsite. Although I was a bit disappointed not to get the shot I came for I was satisfied that I had captured the rising Milky Way along with several meteors so early in the night. I’m learning to adjust my expectations concerning the Oregon coast weather.

Sunlight streaming through dense trees along the road at Cape Arago State Park near Coos Bay, Oregon

Long exposure of dramatic shoreline and rock formations at Shore Acres State Park, Cape Arago near Coos Bay, Oregon

Sunset over Cape Arago near Coos Bay, Oregon

Footpath in the forest at Cape Arago State Park near Coos Bay, Oregon

Rose in bloom at Shore Acres State Park Botanical Garden near Coos Bay, Oregon

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