Devils Corral Nightscape
Photograph - Digital
This image captures the abandoned Devil's Corral Bridge and rebuilt railroad trestle over the Susan River very early on a March morning. The bridge, on the old Highway 36, was completed in 1923 at a cost of a whopping $40,000, and provided the final link in the highway between Susanville and Westwood (California, USA). Construction started on the modern bridge that replaced it in 1965 and this bridge was abandoned and has been crumbling since completion of the modern bridge.
Many local folks will remember a time when the railroad trestle in the background was about half gone, leaving a bit of a "bridge to nowhere" for many years. It's now been rebuilt and integrated in to the Bizz Johnson Trail, a part of the "Rails to Trails" program where abandoned railroad grades serve as recreational trails.
I hope someone enjoys this image as it took significant effort to create. My initial plan was to let the 84% waxing gibbous moon do most of the lighting for me, let it set, then shoot the galactic core in the remaining half hour or so of "astro-darkness." However, once on site, I realized the moon was already a bit too low and probably not at a great angle anyway. Fortunately, I had time to implement Plan B and spent about an hour "light painting" the scene with my trusty flashlight. Numerous frames were captured without moving the camera position then digitally merged in post production to create the final image.
March 25th, 2021
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