Milky Way over Mt. Shasta CA

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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…

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Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Silicon Valley. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

26 thoughts on “Milky Way over Mt. Shasta CA”

  1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

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