12/1/17: Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk 2017

Warm weather seemed to bring out many more people for this year’s Candlelight Walk. The following TerraLapse image consists of 201 50MP images (11.82GB total) spanning the time period from 6:30:05 to 7:00:05.

2017 Golden Candlelight Walk

2017 Golden Candlelight Walk


Time-lapse video:  

8/21/17: Solar Eclipse from Rattlesnake Canyon, Wyoming

Got to experience my first total solar eclipse today, and I now know why people travel around the world to see them. Although it ended up being clear throughout central CO and western NE, I had chosen to go west of Casper due to the cloud coverage forecast being more favorable than NE. 

Quite an experience, there’s really no way to describe it, and, honestly, pictures are not worth a thousand words in this case. One because I bordered on speechless, and two, because pictures do not do it justice. Anyway, I’m sitting in a gravel parking lot in Douglas, WY after I-25 came to a screeching halt, so thought I’d get a few pics out while I thought about what to do. 


PS: If you want to see a few more images, check this page. The composite time-lapse image is going to have to wait a few days (as if it were that easy…).


You can actually see some of the sun’s atmosphere in this image.




5/28/17: Aurora Borealis over Loveland Pass, CO

The Kp Index started roaring last night around 8 PM (6 predicted to 8 in the next four hours), so we rolled up to Loveland Pass to see what we could see. Unfortunately no flare-ups, but great green/magenta near northern horizon, with some brief pillars. Conditions were 21 degrees with scattered clouds, not your typical ‘nearly June’ weather here in CO…

270-degree panorama of aurora and Milky Way over Loveland Pass, CO. Glow of lights from Denver over mountain in center, Arapahoe Basin lit up from snowcats (right horizon).




And a 1h25m time-lapse, started just after midnight:

4/16/17: Red Rocks Sunrise Easter Service

3/9/17: Fire on South Table Mountain, Golden, CO

Time-lapse video of two hours of last night’s fire on South Table Mountain, from 9:14 to 11:13 PM:




And a few images of the fire’s progression:

Fire on South Table Mtn. 3/9/17, 6:05 PM.


Fire jumps up to the top of South Table Mtn., 3/9/17, 6:31 PM.


Firefighting vehicles arrive on top of ridegline, South Table Mtn., 3/9/17, 6:39 PM.


Large flareup at base of South Table Mtn. near 32nd Ave. (note fire on top has been extinguished), 3/9/17, 8:45 PM.


Fire rapidly spreading toward the west on South Table Mtn. 3/9/17, 8:45 PM.


Fire on South Table Mtn. on 3/9/17, 8:50 PM.


TerraLapse composite image of 2 hours 59 minutes of the fire on S. Table Mtn, 3/9/17.


2/16/17: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory data in 4k

NASA recently released 7 years of SDO data compiled into an impressive timelapse video (take a look if you’re into such astro-geekery). Back in the Fall of 2011 when my family and I were on Semester at Sea, I’d captured a pretty good set of sunspots while out on the Atlantic Ocean:


I took a look at the SDO data to see if it would match up, and other than the rotation of the sun being wrong (the data is coming from a spacecraft, where there is no reference for ‘up’), the sunspot pattern matched up perfectly:


Here is the text from the blog post of that day, just for the fun of it:

Another day at sea, and the air has cleared a bit, giving way to clearish skies, perfect for capturing the disc of the sun dipping into the horizon. As a result, please enjoy an image of sunspots, one version straight from the camera, the other viewed showing the mask of a sharpening algorithm, which illustrates quite plainly the locations of them on the surface of the sun. Sunspots can last for days or weeks (I believe), the larger of which can contribute to radio communications interference here on earth. Several years ago I experienced a significant solar radiation event while flying around Denver, and for a few days reaching hospitals on routinely-used VHF frequencies was marginal, at best.


12/22/16: Space.com post of ‘SuperMoon’ image

Fortunately this time it didn’t take 4 months to learn that Space.com again picked up an image of mine, in this case, the recent TerraLapse composite of the Nov 2016 SuperMoon rising over the Denver skyline:


12/2/16: Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk 2016

Tonight’s Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight walk was an amazing sight to behold. Several thousand people participated, and I decided to create a TerraLapse composite image from the entire 20+-minute procession:


2016 Golden Candlelight Walk

2016 Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk, 12/3/16




11/27/16: 8 minutes, 40 seconds of monochromatic bliss

Orographic clouds (B&W)

8 minutes, 40 seconds of orographic cloud development over N. Table Mtn., Golden, CO. (11/27/16)

11/27/16: Catching Time over Golden

I sat on a cactus to get this shot.

No, really. And I mean, really, really  sat on a cactus, that kind with the dozens and dozens of nearly-microscopic needles that go right through any fabric, glove, or whatever else you want to try smothering it with. [cough!]


28m52s over Golden, CO.

Sunset time-lapse over Golden, CO (28 minutes, 52 seconds)


Anyway, sometimes I just have a feeling when something is going to work out, and tonight it was like something was pulling at me to remain outside, despite the dropping temperature and impending dinner guests. I was finishing a 7+ mile hike up and around Mt. Galbraith (sans camera), and as I descended the last 500′ into the neighborhood, the strong northwest winds hitting North Table Mountain were rapidly creating a repeating series of amazing orographic clouds (previously described in a prior post). I got home as quickly as I could to get camera gear, and hoofed it right back up the hill high enough to get above the ‘hood.

The image above was captured as the sun descended into a bank of (relatively) low-level winter clouds to the west, between 4:03 and 4:32PM. This TerraLapse composite image represents:

  • 433 50 MP images (Canon 5Ds, 4-sec intervals)
  • 27.7 GB of images
  • 28 minutes, 52 seconds of time
  • ~3.5 hours of computer time
  • 60+ minutes trying to remove microscopic cactus needles from several things.

I’ll take that cactus.


Crepuscular shadows

Crepuscular shadows danced over N. Table Mtn. (see time-lapse in other post).


One strong shaft of shadow briefly shot over the valley between N. and S. Table Mountains.

One strong shaft of shadow briefly shot over the valley between N. and S. Table Mountains.


This is the actual iPhone shot that got me 'stuck'.

This is the actual iPhone shot that got me ‘stuck’.