Mount Shasta Star Trails

Mount Shasta Star Trails.
Mount Shasta Star Trails

A few weeks I dove up to Mount Shasta, California. Before I left had checked the weather and saw that there were going to be clear skies. I then used and app called PhotoPills to check on the time and location where I could best see the Milky Way. I was shooting a time lapse of the Milky Way and the image below represents a stack of 597 photographs from the time lapse.

Mount Shasta is connected to nearby Shastina, and they dominate the northern California landscape. It rises abruptly and stands nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above the surrounding terrain. On a clear winter day, snowy Mount Shasta can be seen from the floor of the Central Valley 140 miles (230 km) to the south. The mountain has attracted the attention of poets,authors, and presidents.

The mountain consists of four overlapping volcanic cones that have built a complex shape, including the main summit and the prominent satellite cone of 12,330 ft (3,760 m) Shastina, which has a visibly conical form. If Shastina were a separate mountain, it would rank as the fourth-highest peak of the Cascade Range (after Mount Rainier, Rainier’s Liberty Cap, and Mount Shasta itself).

Photo Details:

  • Sony Alpha a6300
  • Rokinon 12mm
  • f/2
  • 15 sec
  • ISO-1600

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