I was sitting on my couch, scrolling through Facebook as one does on a Thursday morning, and saw that Kat Akers and her friend Jen McKinney were looking to go on an adventure to shoot some star trails. Since Bird was spending the day at my folks’ house, I jumped at the chance. I loaded up all the hand-warmers I had, put on ALL the clothes, dusted off my tripod (it’s like my least used piece of gear), and drove down to Coopers Rock. We realized how much snow we’d gotten in the past few days, though, and the cliff she’d originally planned on using seemed extremely unsafe, so we headed over to Chestnut Ridge for our plan B. We hiked up to a spot with a good view, pitched our tent, and set up to take some photos. It was extremely freezing (like 19 degrees anyway, I’m a total sad sack about being cold), and our cameras couldn’t hang. Generally, for star trails, you want to get a few hundred photos. I got 13. But we had a great time, it was more interesting than what I’d planned to do with my Thursday morning, and I still got some pretty shots of the stars.

shooting star trails at cooper rocks, west virginia

shooting star trails at cooper rocks, west virginia

Jen took the shot of me on the left. That scarf is something like 6 or 7 feet long, and my mom crocheted it for me. On the right, we had just the teensiest sliver of a moon.
shooting star trails at cooper rocks, west virginia

shooting star trails at cooper rocks, west virginia

 

shooting star trails at cooper rocks, west virginia

shooting star trails at cooper rocks, west virginia

My finished product. The trees are blurry, because it was so windy, and we didn’t get quite enough shots to do it proper. I still like it.
shooting star trails at cooper rock, west virginia

We posted some instagram stories, too.
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