I spent almost three weeks in California, in San Francisco, Yosemite, Monterey and around, in Palo Alto and in Santa Cruz. It was really a spectacular trip and I'm planning on telling the story through photos over the coming weeks.
However, I've been hugely jet-lagged until last night (falling asleep at 6am and getting up around 9am for work) and am leaving again early tomorrow morning for a collaboration in Göttingen which is going to keep me busy until Friday when I come back and then head straight off Saturday for a conference and a talk in Poland.
Today I've spent analysing data which has actually been fantastic and enlightening but has meant that blogging has had to wait until now.
I've only put up a few pictures so far so I'll have to jump half way into the holiday, to a three day camping trip in Yosemite. We were camping just outside the national park, and stories of hikes and glacial swims will have to wait, but I wanted to post some night pictures. The milky way was a rich stream across the sky and with the trees silhouetting, it looked quite spectacular. Some of the trees were naturally lit from the nearby campsite and others I tried lightpainting with a partially covered torch.
Anyway, here are the results of a couple of dozen attempts:
Still to come are the best shots of a green flash that I've ever seen. I'm super excited about these photos! Anyway, I'll see if I get time to put up some more over the coming days, but it looks like the next week is going to be busy!