Always looking for something to do on the weekend, I decided to head up to Vedauwoo for a weekend of camping, photography and hiking/bouldering.
Vedauwoo is located a few miles east of Laramie, Wyoming. It gets it's name from the Arapaho, meaning "Land of the Earth Born Spirit". They say that the indians used to visit the area for vision quests and named it Vedauwoo because of you can sometimes hear talking/whispering in the rocks. This "talking" is probably caused by wind blowing through the strange shaped Sherman Granite boulders that the place is famous for.
There are only a few actual trails in the area, but the whole landscape is open to explore. Be sure to bring good shoes though, and have a very good sense of balance if you want to head out onto the rocks to make your own trail. Vedauwoo is world known as a hotspot for climbers/boulderers.
Well, enough of that. Lets get to the photos.
Here is my camp. You couldn't ask for a better spot, right in among the massive boulders.
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Later that evening I made a campfire, waiting for it to get dark enough and hoping the clouds would move out so I could do some astrophotography.
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At around midnight, the thick, low scudding clouds finally started to break up. There was still some moisture in the air, so the lights of Cheyenne were still visible in a long exposure, even though Cheyenne close to 40 miles away. Here is a 30 second exposure using my Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens set to f4. The rocks are lit by the dying embers of my campfire.
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Early the next morning, after some breakfast and campfire coffee, I headed out to do some bouldering/hiking. I didn't get any shots of the bouldering because my camera was in my pack (needed my hands free).
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If you are ever heading down I-80 in Wyoming, I'd really recommend you stop at Vedauwoo, even if you only have a few minutes to spare. It is a very neat area with very strange rock formations, hoodoos, balancing boulders, etc...
Hope you enjoyed the view!