Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


Space Queso

Space Queso

“To ancient Chinese fancy, the Milky Way was a luminous river, - the River of Heaven, - the Silver Stream.”
— Lafcadio Hearn

So I just returned to the front desk after a break when I noticed my other co-workers huddled around the computer monitor. I listened for a second, and whatever they were talking about sounded fairly scientific. I'm still not exactly sure what it was they were talking about, but when I looked on the screen I thought it said Space Queso!! I just laughed and laughed, and amidst the satirical banter, I recall one one coworker joking about a burrito ship flying through space, firing it's nacho gun with a noise like "chipchipchipchipchipchip"

On a different note, I want it to be known that I always pay whenever I go into a State Park. Even if It's 1am and everything is closed, I will find a way to make sure I pay my dues for the time I spend there. Last night I drove out to LL Stub Stewart State Park, and I couldn't find a way to pay! I didn't have any cash on me, they didn't have a way to pay with card, (which it turns out they did, but I didn't know till after) and there wasn't an ATM or anything of the sort around. I ended up driving around the place until I found a card machine for day-use area, whew! Even though it would only print expired cards (Since it was 1:30am,) I bought two and wrote a note on my dashboard - "I do apologize, but I don't have cash. Even though these two passes say they are expired, they took my $10, so may I please park for the night?"

The whole time I was driving around the, Milky Way was incredible!! Almost as good as that time Ian and I went to Crater Lake. Almost.

So I packed my gear and walked out to the lake about half mile away, which was pretty disappointing honestly. It looked more like a frog pond than a lake. To top it off, the clouds decided to roll in just as I was setting up! I drove all the way out here for a "lake" and some Milky Way and I didn't get either, so after waiting an hour and a half with no cloud breaks, I walked back to the top of the hill, set up my gear, and waited. 

Sure enough, I did get some breaks in the clouds. Now the time lapse that I got here is neither compositionally pleasing, or what I intended, but this was strictly a test for a new idea I had. I saw this time lapse that panned across the horizon with the milky way in the center of the shot the whole time. It was very nicely done, and the milky way pleasantly rotating in the center of the shot while the earth moved below. BUT - I was thinking, "What if I could do the same thing, but keep the Milky Way perfectly still in the shot?" It would make it feel like the Earth is what's moving (which it is,) and give an entirely new feel to the frequently done "Milky Way Time Lapse." This was my first attempt at that, and I realized I have to get a Gimbel Tripod head so I could give the camera a more acute angle to Polaris, instead of the 90 degree angle my current setup provides. 

Anyway while the time lapse was going on, I was thinking about the term "Milky Way" and the fact that "Milk" is in the name. Why is that? It seems to me it should be called something more delicious. Something that makes your mouth water, maybe, or something you just want more of. Then it occurred to me. I would call it the Space Queso.

P.S. Here are some shots I took in Portland Two days ago.

P.P.S... Is it weird that when I say Space Queso I think of it in Richard Nixon's voice?

 

Portland Boulder Rally

Portland Boulder Rally

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