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A couple of weeks back some friends and I spent the week-end near Mt. Shasta hoping for a clear night for night imaging the Milky Way. We’d been skunked the week-end before in Lassen National Park, and the smoke from the fires burning in Northern CA was causing a haze in the atmosphere.

The clouds began to shift about Sunset. There were some low clouds around the peak of Mt. Shasta, but the peak itself was clear. We hoped that held up, and it did! I caught a Shooting Star too! I don’t think this is a Perseid Meteor, but I could be wrong. Though the timing for the Perseid’s was right when I made this image.

Milky Way over Mount Shasta CA, USA

The lights are from surrounding towns and way out in the distance might be Redding, CA.

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6

More to come…



  1. Glad to see that you were able to get out and see a clear sky without too much light pollution. Nice catch with the meteor. Nice photo. What was your ISO?

    • Thank you so much Robert! It was a lovely warm evening, and I’m so glad the sky stayed cleared up high. My ISO was 6400

  2. what a brilliant and beautiful shot Deborah!! I love it!

  3. Picture Perfect as always Deborah 🙂

  4. So beautiful :-). I love being reminded of what the sky looks like without city lights (except in the far, far distance). The city lights in the distance are interesting: the way they contrast with the dark mountain and foreground, the way they meet the immensely distant lights of the Milky Way.

  5. Beautiful with Shasty in the frame!

  6. Beautiful, once again.

  7. Dazzling…I echo Dan in wanting to thank you for sharing your beautiful images. So glad I own one now! 🙂

  8. Wow this is totally amazing! Really just beautiful!

  9. This is amazing!!

  10. Amazing photo Deborah. Thanks for sharing the results of your work with us.

    • Thank you very much for this lovely comment Dan!

      • My daughter is a photographer and I’ve heard too many people say “oooh, weren’t you in the right place at the right time?” Well, yeah, because you planned to be there and went there despite an imperfect weather forecast and you hauled all that gear with you. It IS work.

        • It is a labor of love though, and if you don’t try, you don’t get the shot.
          All the forecasts we checked said it would be clear high in the sky, we just didn’t know how the peak itself would look, and how the smoke would impact the sky/image. We got lucky this time!

  11. Great image!

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