Star Trails Over Mt. Monadnock

Star trails over mount monadnock

There’s something about an evening in late August that’s particularly enchanting. After a long, hot day the night is cool reminder that a change in the seasons is quickly approaching. And on a clear night when there are plenty of stars, it’s also a good time for reflection.

I spent an evening near Jaffrey by Perkins Pond looking at the sky above Monadnock State Park. The mountain was illuminated by a very bright moon. It was very quiet, save for the crickets, with only an occasional breeze to stir the water.

The video below is a time lapse series of about 100 images that I shot at 30 second intervals over 50 minutes. This was my first attempt at time lapse photography, so it’s not very long or of very high quality. It was a lot of fun, though, and a great way to spend an evening. I’m looking forward to perfecting the technique!


Jackie Raiford, New Hampshire State Parks Intern

I'm a graduate student working towards my Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. My research interests include the conservation of urban green spaces for the physical and psychological health of communities. I lived for the first 24 years of my life in Rockville, Maryland just north of Washington D.C. I have traveled a little both domestically and abroad, and lived for six months in Australia. I also work as a dance and fitness instructor, and am certified by the American Council on Exercise.

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