Another Taurid Meteor

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures on November 21, 2017 by budbranch

Note that the stars are visible right down to the horizon…

A Teeny Taurid Meteor

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2017 by budbranch


Top right quadrant Orion. Top center red giant Betelgeuse. Left center Sirius (brightest star in the sky).  Between Orion’s belt and Sirius, a tiny meteor.


Star trails:StarStaX_IMG_3783-IMG_4129_gap_filling-2StarStaX_IMG_3783-IMG_4129_gap_filling

Another Satellite Glint

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures on November 10, 2017 by budbranch

This a 40 second exposure. I had 5 minutes of warning to set up, before this Iridium satellite crossed over. I use “Sky Guide” on my iPhone.

Wide-Angle Jamming

Posted in Camera-On-A-Stick, Gopro Hero5, Wide Angle on November 5, 2017 by budbranch



Camera Chaos


FaraHNHeight Fine Art Gallery

Thank you FaraHNHeight Fine Art Gallery for hosting a nice acoustic jam!

Iridium Flare

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Long exposures on November 3, 2017 by budbranch


More info here:

A Pretty Little Orionid Meteor

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, interval exposure, Long exposures on October 23, 2017 by budbranch


Update: I Broke My Darn Leg One Year Ago!

Posted in Available Light, Cellphone camera, Handheld on October 20, 2017 by budbranch

Dear blog followers –

It’s been one year since I broke my femur – you can see the progress of my healing in this image:


I’m 95% healed, back on all my daily activities (including yoga!).  The ortho doc said that if I have any trouble doing anything, I should just try harder!

Here is my original blog post, for your reading pleasure:
A friend offered a friendly ride on a borrowed mtn bike last week – the brakes failed on downhill, I bailed off and tumbled, and cleanly broke my right femur. It didn’t penetrate the skin, nor (most importantly) cut my femeral artery. Pure luck.

2:25PM We were by ourselves, out of cell coverage, 14 miles from the bottom. He bundled me up and headed downhill for help. 10 minutes later, two brothers on ATVs came down from above. One gave me his coat and stayed with me, the other went back uphill to find cell coverage and activate EMS. 3:10 The other brother returned, reporting that EMS was on the way. It took a couple more hours to get me IV-d, medicated, and transported two miles down the trail, where a medivac chopper could land in a meadow and fly me out.

I was in the ER in Santa Fe by 6:00PM – they did surgery ASAP: aligned the bones, drilled out the core, and installed an internal continuous rod, screwed everything together and stapled me up! I was in my room by 3AM.

Four days in hospital (St Vincent Med Center), now five days at home, healing nicely. Thanks for your interest – here are a few pics, enjoy the video too:

Selfie, 2 minutes in...

Selfie, 2 minutes in…

Clean femur break

Clean femur break

Evacuation helicopter

Evacuation helicopter

Helicopter nurse

Helicopter nurse

ER angel

ER angel

Immediately post surgery

Immediately post surgery


All repaired!

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Three days post surgery

Three days post surgery

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