Oregon is famous for rainy weather, but that's a tad unfair. Summers are clear, and if you head inland a ways the weather can be highly conducive for clear skies fairly often.
Oregon's landscape is dramatic, too, and makes for a fine foreground if, say, you want to spend half a year compiling images to make a lovely time lapse video. Much like this one:
Did you see those weird and vaguely menacing clouds about 40 seconds in? Wow. This video was made by Ben Canales, John Waller, Steve Engman, and Blake Johnson of Uncage the Soul Productions. I follow Ben on Google+, as I do a lot of other photographers -- it makes my day a lot better to see amazing and beautiful pictures go by in the stream.
One of my favorite things to do while watching these time lapse videos of the night sky is to try to recognize constellations and individual stars. Orion is easy enough, but did you see Vega, Lyra, Delphinus, the Andromeda Galaxy? And did you notice how squashed the Sun looked as it rose, due to our atmosphere bending its light ?
I've only spent a short time in Oregon, but one day of that included Crater Lake, which was a place of profound and surpassing beauty. After watching this video, it makes me want to go back.
Tip o' the lens cap to Ben Canales on Google+.
- Time lapse: Crater Lake
- Time lapse: IRIDIUM
- Well, at least light pollution makes for a pretty time lapse
- The stars above, the luminescence below
- The lines in the sky are stars
- Trailing the sky