Category Archives: Hickory Run State Park

Scorpius and Mars Breaking Through the Clouds

Scorpius and Mars breaking through the clouds early in the morning hours of March 17, 2016.

Scorpius and Mars breaking through the clouds early in the morning.

Scorpius and Mars breaking through the clouds early in the morning.

Tech Spec: Captured using a tripod mounted Canon 6D, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, f/2.8, 8 second exposure at ISO 3200. Photographed near Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania.

Science Info: Mars is moving fast through Scorpius and will enter Sagittarius on April 3, 2016. You can track Mars movement each day – I think you’ll be surprised how fast it moves. If you look to the right of Antares, the brightest star left of the center of the image, you will see a blurry ball. This is the globular cluster Messier 4, also called the Cat’s Eye. There are more than 20,000 stars in this fuzzy ball of light.

Clear skies!

…Tom

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Northern Cross (Cygnus) in the Early Morning

Want to catch a view of the summer constellations? You can see them in the early mornings of February and March.

Here is a view of Cygnus, the Northern Cross, rising over the pine trees of Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania on the morning of February 19, 2016. A Canon 6D and Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens with an attached Tiffen star filter was used. I used six individual images and stitched them together using Microsoft Image Composite Editor. If you try out this awesome piece of software, be sure to overlap your image by at least 30% so the software can find the patches that overlap.

Cygnus, the Northern Cross

Cygnus, the Northern Cross

Clear skies!

…Tom

Ant Caught in Sap – Hickory Run State Park

Ant caught in Pitch Pine sap, Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania. Photographed on a hike along the Hickory Run Trail last week. I really enjoy hiking, and the one thing I’m still learning to enjoy is taking my time and looking for the little things along the way. To often I concentrate on getting from point A to point B and fail to enjoy the experience of the hike. I hope you all take the time to find these little pieces of nature along your path.

Settings: Canon 6D, Canon 100mm f/2.8L, 1/800, f/7.1, ISO 800.

Ant caught in Pitch Pine sap.

Ant caught in Pitch Pine sap.

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