The arch of the milky way is illusive, and only appears close enough to the horizon during dark skies a few times a year. I recall observing this years ago while descending from a 14,000 foot peak high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains following a difficult climb. I was exhausted and carrying a film camera at the time, did not even think about photographing it. I just remember, thinking only if! Now times have changed and the equipment and technology makes it much simpler to capture the stars with digital cameras and fast lenses. The challenge now is to find dark skies. This image is 150 miles north of Los Angeles and 100 miles west of Las Vegas. The light pollution is just visible on the horizon below each end of the arch. There is also space dust in the upper atmosphere making the green cast over Los Angeles. In the larger print, one can make out Venus and a falling star just over the Joshua Tree in the foreground.
Created with a Nikon D810, Nikon 14 – 24mm lens. 7 vertical images were stitched together making the panoramic scene.
Created: March, 2014
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