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I spent the week-end with friends camping in the Stanislaus National Forest in North Eastern California. We had great weather, and two nights of gorgeous dark skies.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere the constellation Sagittarius rises in the southern sky bringing with it a very dense part of the Milky Way: a large plume of white milky gas, and dust, and the dark lane called the Great Rift with all its tributaries stand out marvelously in a dark sky.
We scouted for locations during the afternoon and found this one off trail. We hike through mesquite, and low bushes then climbing on top of this huge granite slab.
It was wonderful to be under such a dark sky and see so many stars, the Milky Way, and a few shooting stars, and it was really great having Marsha for company. It had been a long time since we’d been out shooting the stars together.
We’re making plans for a return to this area for my night imaging.
You can see Marsha’s work here.
Nikon D700| AF-S 17-35mm @17mm| f2.8| 20 seconds| ISO 3200| Manual Priority| Tripod