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Jeff Sullivan
Landscape photographer, author, workshop instructor, filmmaker
Landscape photographer, author, workshop instructor, filmmaker


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Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Report, October 5
After seeing a TV news report "Peak Eastern Sierra fall colors, last chance!" referring to this location which frankly looks 80% green and 1-3 weeks from peak to me, I've started a group for crowdsourced reporting of current fall colors conditions in the Eastern Sierra:

Being a relatively high location for aspen in the area, Conway Summit can be a good indication of what's coming over the next couple of weeks. You can see in this photo from Thursday 11/5 one nice patch of yellow near the top. The rest has some lightening green with some nice burnt orange tips that developed after the September storms. It could be great by the end of next week.

The rest of the area is similar: pockets of color when you search, but plenty of green trees in reserve for the next 1-3 weeks (barring storms and major wind events).

I covered Mono County from June Lake Loop to Walker last week. I'll check at least Lee Vining and Mammoth to Bishop and possibly Big Pine and Lone Pine this week. Drop by and check it out.
#fallcolors #easternsierra #california #travel #landscapephotography

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Watch the Moon Rise at Sunset Tonight, October 4, 2017
See and photograph the nearly-full moon rising at sunset tonight. Then tomorrow before dawn, Venus and Mars will be within 1/4 degree of each other. More details:

#astrophotography #photography #astronomy #science #easternsierra

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5 incredible stargazing spots in Californiaโ€™s Eastern Sierra
Thanks to the San Jose Mercury News for using several of my photos to illustrate their article on viewing the night sky in the Eastern Sierra!

5 incredible stargazing spots in Californiaโ€™s Eastern Sierra
by +Jackie Burrell

Blog post:

#easternsierra #astronomy #astrophotography #nightphotography

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Massive DC-10 Fighting the Slinkard Fire Above My House
This was two evenings ago. Since then the active fire line had moved north and west.

#SlinkardFire #wildfire #news

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The Slinkard Fire advances towards US-395 at Topaz Lake on the CA/NV border. #SlinkardFire #video

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Solar Eclipse Road Trip, Here We Come!
I can't wait to get on the road to shoot the Great American Eclipse! Crowds are expected to be record-breaking along the path of the solar eclipse coming up August 21. Many areas are trying to implement customer traffic control plans in the narrow path of the moon's shadow.

I hear that even porta-potty rentals are in short supply as communities try to cope with the expected crowds. Fortunately I'll be bringing my own facilities with me!

Thank you +Capital Ford for getting the +Ford Motor Company-remanufactured engine in ASAP so we can stake our claim to a great shooting location!

I'm working on my landscape photography and night photography workshop schedule for 2018. Drop by my Web site in the coming weeks to see the schedule as it develops!

Blog post:
#solareclipse #greatamericaneclipse #astrophotography #astronomy
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Moon, Jupiter and Venus Conjunction at Mono Lake
One of my photos from this moon and planet rise event has been published as the lead photo in an article in the August 2017 +SkyandTelescope Magazine by Don Olson, page 68. A description of Don's work to decipher a poem by Lord Byron appears on the Texas State University Web site, along with a copy of the photo:
'Celestial Sleuth' identifies Lord Byron's stellar inspiration

Here's their description of the photo:
"On August 23, 2014, astrophotographer +Jeff Sullivan observed the Moon with Jupiter nearby in a morning twilight sky. Glitter paths below three celestial bodies reflect in the waters of Californiaโ€™s +Mono Lake in this morning twilight scene captured by astrophotographer Jeff Sullivan. Venus, at lower left, has just risen above the distant hills. Jupiter, with its Galilean satellites visible, stands higher in the sky, just below the stars of the Beehive Cluster, M44. The faint glow of Earthshine appears on the โ€œdarkโ€ part of the waning crescent Moon. Automobile headlights illuminate the tufa rocks on the shore of +Mono Lake in the foreground."

Astrophotographers and astronomers may recognize Don's name as the professor who publishes yearly predictions of lunar rainbow "moonbow" dates and times for Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park.

For more photos from the event and a description of my planning process involving +SkyandTelescope, +Universe Today, +EarthSky, and +The Photographer's Ephemeris see my original blog post covering the event:

I can't wait to see the magazine!

#astronomy #astrophotography #ShotOniPhone #iphoneography

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Tioga Pass in Yosemite to Open Thursday, June 29
Yosemite News Release
June 27, 2017 4:00 pm
For Immediate Release

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Open to All Vehicular Traffic Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tioga Road will open for Bicycle and Pedestrian Use on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic beginning at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017. There will be limited visitor services available from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station to Crane Flat. Tioga Road will open for bicycle and pedestrian users at 8:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

All visitors on the road are encouraged to use caution as there may be dirt, debris, and water flowing over sections of the road. Visitors are encouraged to keep an eye out for maintenance vehicles working on the roadway.

There will be minimal services available along the Tioga Road for several weeks. There will be no drinking water. Visitors should use the vault and portable toilets located along the roadway to help protect water quality in the Tuolumne River watershed. Food service and lodging are not available along the Tioga Road. There is no mobile phone service at this time and 911 emergency calls will not be operational. There are no gasoline services available along Tioga Road. Visitors can purchase gasoline in Lee Vining and at Crane Flat.

For maps and visitor information, visit the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, the Big Oak Flat Information Station, the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, and the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining.

Tamarack Flat Campground is the only campground that is currently open along Tioga Road. This campground is first-come, first served and fills early in the day.

Anyone planning to hike or backpack near Tuolumne Meadows and in all high elevation areas of Yosemite should be prepared for winter hiking and camping conditions. Trails are still impacted by snow and ice. River crossings are high and swift moving. There are several high water areas currently impacting the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the John Muir Trail (JMT) in Yosemite National Park. Trail conditions may vary at any time.

When driving in the park, motorists are urged to drive slowly as bears and other animals are active and may be present on the roadway.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1.
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