Getting back and looking back at the Milky Way in Queenstown

I have made it home. I have to say the last leg was a bad one. I don’t know, I find it really hard to sleep on the boat, or the Spirit of Tasmania.

The movement of the boat would make you think that it would rock you to sleep, but no. Perhaps the problem is sharing the room and being worried that I might snore too loud. I suspect that is more the problem. Plus the rooms are always too hot. I like to sleep in a cold room. Even in winter here I never have the heater on in my room.

I spent all day yesterday trying to stay awake and all day today catching up on stuff.

I almost feel like I haven’t been away. Well except for the things I brought back and the 3000 photos I took.

As you can see I have a lot to go through, but today I thought I might leave you with a couple of Milky Way shots. They were taken in Queenstown on top of a nearby mountain.

The one in the header was taken from a viewing place and the one below was taken so the Milky Way was over Gormanston.

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  1. Beautiful star photos, especially the first one! I know what you mean about feeling like you haven’t been away within a day or two of getting home.

    1. Thank you Rudi, I don’t know exactly I try different things. ISO is between 3200 and 6400, and the aperture was 2.8, and the shutter speed was between 20 and 30 seconds. I hope that helps.

  2. Beautiful shots of the night sky!

    I cannot sleep on any form of transportation. The best I have ever managed is dozing. I have far too many sensory issues and am a terrible sleeper even in the comfort and familiarity of my own bedroom.

    1. Thank you Laura.
      I think it was a combination of things. I am finding the older I get the harder it is to do. I am a good sleeper at home, but away not so much.

  3. Leanne, it was great to follow you on your photography tour in Tas. I have a very soft spot for the night sky in the southern hemisphere: your cover image includes the 2 โ€œM.C.sโ€: the Large and the Small Magellanic Clouds. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ (They were also a part of my scientific research program.)

    1. I don’t know what the magellanic clouds are. I used to remove them, but then I started to realise that they are part of the image. Thank you so much, one thing that is good about being in Australia.

  4. Stunning!! I love celestial photos. These are quite nice.

    I’m with you, Leanne. Cannot sleep if the room is too warm. Even in our chill Midwest winters, I keep the furnace registers closed in my room and sometimes open the windows before bedtime to bring the temperature down!

    1. Thank you Julie, I love them too.
      It is horrible, I’m with you no heat. It would have been good to open a window, but the window didn’t open on the boat sadly.

  5. I’m glad you made it home safe, Leanne, the photo is fabulous! Have you considered having a sleep study done to determine if a CPAP mask would help you? I’ve used one since 2011.

    1. Thank you John, it is nice to be home. I don’t normally have trouble sleeping, it was just on the boat. I think it was mainly because the room was hot and the bed wasn’t that comfortable. I was fine the other nights and now that I’m home it is bliss.

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