|Star trails over the cottage|
I spent a sunny but cold weekend at the family cottage. During the day, I did some extensive day hikes around Yankee Springs Recreation Area. In the evening, I opened up the cottage after a long winter of being sealed against the elements. At night, I realized that this was the perfect time for star trails -- cold, clear, and without any of the business (and lights!) of summer.
Not too bad for a 4 year break, but the cold weather killed my batteries before I could get the long trails that I like. In addition, the bright lights of the cottage caused some blow-out.
I believe that the top-to-bottom trail is an airplane (you can see when its take-off lights changed to the usual blinkers). The small slash in the middle is a meteorite, crossed by the blurry light reflected off of a moving tree branch.
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