Warm Nights | Lyon Mountain

Lyon Mountain By Kayla Breen

Issue 11: Summer/Fall 2018

(DoNorth/Photos by Kayla Breen)

On a late summer night, I drove out with my friend Rebecca to break in my new Canon 5D IV and 16-35mm wide-angle zoom lens. We had no set destination but ended up in one of my favorite locations in the Adirondacks, Lyon Mountain.

The sky was clear, except for a crescent moon illuminating the iron ore and four-wheeler tracks beneath our feet. To our North, the light pollution from Montreal lit up the horizon with a colorful glow. We determined this would be a perfect spot to set up the tripod. With night photography comes a lot of patience and trial and error.
After I would hit the remote shutter, Rebecca and I would begin to laugh nervously as we tried to decipher shapes in the darkness, eagerly waiting for the picture to be done. It wasn’t until 40 minutes into our adventure that we noticed something dark move in the distance. It didn’t take us long to grab the camera and tripod and run back to my car. Now, we knew it had to be an animal, but that didn’t stop our imaginations from running wild, wondering what was creeping near the tree line.
We nervously sat in the car, waiting for more movement. With it getting late and our adrenaline pumping, we decided to call it a night and head back home. Although the night went a little unexpected, the final result was worth it all.
—Kayla Breen
(DoNorth/Photo by Mary Kunze)
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