Sunset from the Cypress Hills

By: Alan Dyer

Aug 11 2013

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Category: Atmospheric Phenomena, Nightscape, Solar System


Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/5 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 60D

The Sun sets over the pines and prairie of Cypress Hills, Alberta.

Tonight it was too cloudy for meteors. But the sky did provide a very fine sunset.

I was at the Horseshoe Canyon viewpoint on the Alberta side of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, to catch a deep-red Sun going down into haze and cloud. This is looking northwest, from the pine-covered hills out over prairie plains of southern Alberta. The image is a high-dynamic range stack of 7 images.

The viewpoint also had an interpretive sign explaining the virtues of dark sky preservation – Cypress Hills Park is a large dark sky preserve – and I was pleased to see one of my photos used as an illustration on the sign. I had sent it to the Park several years ago.

But alas, no meteors in view tonight. And while there were a few visible the night before at the star party, out of 200+ shots I took, not one recorded a decent Perseid meteor! Of course!

– Alan, August 11, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer


3 comments on “Sunset from the Cypress Hills”

  1. I love that pic Alan

  2. This is superb, Alan!
    I thought I saw a meteor tonight – I was outside for a few minutes in Didsbury where I live – but it turned out to be a plane 😦 – then I had to come in! I’ll go out later – or tomorrow.
    I’m glad you were on the Alberta side, so now I can share this to my Escape to Alberta Facebook page :).
    Thank you!

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