Night Photography

California Road Trip: Avenue of the Giants

California Road Trip: Avenue of the Giants

I got settled for the night, and then it happened - just as I was about to fall asleep, I heard a vicious screeching sound followed by two hisses, all of which sounded like some kind of cat (or two) right outside my tent. Then it happened again. They were probably just domestic farm cats, but I’d read that this was bobcat territory and of course my imagination ran wild for the rest of the night. What was that? Why was it hissing at me? Where was it now? Did my brain dream it up?

Stargazing in Cuyama Valley

Stargazing in Cuyama Valley

This campsite in Cuyama Valley was exactly what I needed for a night of stargazing - remote enough for dark skies, distance from neighboring campers, and equipped with lots of amenities. You climb up a mesa to campsites that aren’t viewable from the road - you’d never know they were there.