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Illuminated Palm Trees and the Milky Way at Corn Springs, California
I had my headlamp on and was doing some quick test shots in order to figure out my composition. While I didn't intend to keep this frame, I actually like how it turned out. I used the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom to soften and warm up the bright and cold glow put out by my LED headlamp. Some of the palm fronds are blurry due to the moderately-heavy winds that lasted for a while here.
I shot this in temperatures that were around 95° F. This was yet another test of my homemade thermoelectric camera cooling system. While there is still some heat-related noise in this photo, it is much less than it would have been without the cooling system. Shot with a Canon 6D and Mitakon 35mm f/2 lens at f/2.8 8 sec ISO 3200.
Likely due to the heatwave, I had this entire campground to myself - I didn't even see a single car drive by. Humidity was very low - often around 10%, so my 12V swamp cooler kept my camper nice and cool inside.
Several of the palm trees here are "decapitated" - likely due to the long lasting drought that California has experienced.
Corn Springs is a palm oasis situated in the Chuckwalla Mountains of the Colorado Desert in Riverside County, California, United States, seventeen miles southeast of Desert Center. Native Americans relied on the springs, and they engraved many petroglyphs on the rocks in the area. In the late 19th century, miners in the area also relied on the springs, and they established the Corn Springs Mining District in 1897.
The springs were used for thousands of years by nomadic Native Americans. The Chemehuevi, Desert Cahuilla and Yuma bands frequented the spring and carved elaborate petroglyphs in the nearby rocks. Some of the oldest rock art is over 10,000 years old. At times, there was enough surface water for gardening by the springs. The Indians also utilized the fruit of the palms.
Early white visitors found feral corn plants in the vicinity, giving the spring its present name.