Whatever Weds. The Milky Way over Spooner Lake

Copyright ©2020 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Copyright ©2020 Deborah M. Zajac

A good friend  Gordon from (undiscoveredimagesmoung us)was visiting nearby and reached out to me to meet up and have a redo shoot at Spooner Lake where we tried to shoot sunset and hoped to shoot the Milky Way last year, but we were rained out. We did have a beautiful double rainbow there though.

We met last night and thankfully the wind died down and there were no clouds so we had a clear sky to view the Milky Way and the stars.

Milky Way over Spooner Lake


The light across the lake is a maintenance yard where the state keeps heavy equipment like snowplows and stuff.
My friend brought a neat little flashlight that emitted a wonderful soft warm light that he used to light paint the rocks on the lakeshore; it compliments the lights across the lake en mon avis. Doesn’t it look like a lovely and inviting village over there? It’s just a maintenance yard. Lighting can be magical amiright?

Even without wind, it got cold up here in the mountains. it’s above 7000 feet here-I couldn’t feel my toes! When I drove out to go home my car told me it was 37 degrees outside and to be mindful of ice on the road! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It was wonderful seeing old friends and stargazing. Ah, Summer Nights with friends. Does it get better than this?

Nikon D810| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G| PS CC 21.1.2| Topas DeNoise Ai and Sharpen Ai

…more to come

62 thoughts on “Whatever Weds. The Milky Way over Spooner Lake

  1. Love the photo. Did you try painting the rocks on the left side and not the right? I’d be curious to see what that composition would look like…..maybe balancing the the two bright lit areas…..

    1. No, we didn’t light the the other side at all feeling the dark side left some of the night its mystery and beauty. Would you have lit the foreground up and why? What did we miss?

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and pushing me to think beyond my boundries.

      1. I might try moving back a step or two to get the base of the rocks on the left and then maybe use a warmer colored light than what you used. Maybe have it look like a very small campfire. Maybe try a remote trigger with a warmer colored light hidden in the rocks. Just some thoughts…Always experiment around and see what works. You might want to experiment one night and paint a foreground with different light sources and see what you find appealing… Have a great fourth. There are lots of tourists in town so I’ll either go for a hike on some remote trail or hunker down at home with my beloved birds…..

        1. Thanks for your suggestion about the light painting Robert! Either one of the two ideas you have for today sounds good to me! I’m staying close to home today as well. I’ll probably just walk up to the gate and back a couple of times today and get in 4-5 miles to stretch my legs a bit.

    1. I hope you’re able to cross this one off your bucket list! Summer is the perfect time in our hemisphere to do night sky work! DO IT! I await your first Milky Way image. It’s addicting I warn you! 🙂

  2. Love this shot, Deborah! It does look like a village across the serene lake. I’ve never tried to use a flashlight to paint the rocks. It compliments it wonderfully!! Quite magical. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Amy! I want to add a new light to my kit. One that does both warm and cool light cause you never know which will work best. 😀 I am looking at the Lumecube panel. They’re pretty neat.

      1. When I was 25 I spent a month living on the beach of the North Shore of Oahu. One night I opened my eyes and I saw the vastness of the Universe, endless galaxies and stars. It was an emotional experience and I realized how small I was.

          1. It was a spiritual moment. I had the ego of a 25 year old male when I went to sleep. When I saw those gakaxies I felt a profound sense of gratitude for being alive to see it. I never lost that feeling.

            1. Oh to be 25 and know what I know now…but I wouldn’t change or give up that year for anything!

              The first time my Dad pointed out the Big Dipper I fell in love with the night sky and stars and planets. I was a wee little thing then…I was 5 maybe 6. We were camping. We did a lot of that. In my late teens I realized I was puny and just a passing moment on this planet and universe. Both are going to survive our species for a long, long time after we’re long gone.

              I’ve always wished I had the smarts and longevity to be an astronaut and live in space among the stars and new worlds, I’m not a math person and I don’t think NASA or Space X is willing to take on someone who learns by doing and observation yet. Mores the pity. There are many like me who’d be excellent apprentices!

              I knew you were a kindred spirit when I first read your posts and saw your artwork via Teagan. 🙂

            2. IWe are brilliant species and will eventually shake off tribalism to unite as a planet and begin our move into space and on to other worlds. I wish I had the kind of mind that one needs to become a physicist or an astronaught, but I feel blessed to have access to that information. When I look back at 25 I realize that I knew what I needed to know for that time, that night under the stars was the gift of the humility I needed to continue to learn.

  3. Yes, there is nothing better! That flashlight was perfect for the photo. Hubby and I were remarking tonight about the same thing, but on a much smaller scale; the beauty of Mother Nature is truly remarkable. It fills the soul, doesn’t it?

  4. You have captured a magical moment. The light on the rocks and the “village” lights give it a warm soft atmosphere. Thank you for recent tips I am now reading Bryan Peterson’s book I have on loan from the library, it is so good I will be buying a copy.

  5. Wow! Your photo is superb! Just can’t stop looking at it!

    Love the lighted rocks in the front of the frame. And you’re right, the maintenance yard does look like a village in the soft yellow!

    On Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 8:55 AM Circadianreflections Blog wrote:

    > circadianreflections posted: “Copyright ©2020 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS > RESERVED Copyright ©2020 Deborah M. Zajac A good friend was visiting nearby > and reached out to me to meet up and have a redo shoot at Spooner Lake > where we tried to shoot sunset and hoped to shoot the Milky W” >

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! Can you picture that spot off 50 heading to Tahoe? It’s an eyesore, but here it turned out alright.

      I can only imagine how many stars you’re seeing there! Miss you!

  6. Your photos are always wonderful because of your exceptional skills. But, you also have an eye for a good photo and ideas to enhance it, and this is one of those times that everything aligned and you come away with something this spectacular. Amazing shot and explanation.

  7. What a wonderful evening. I love the magic with which you turned a maintenance depot into a distant village suitable for powerful imaginations to go to work. It’s hard to think how it might get better than that.

    1. Thank you so much, Dan! It’s just a great big metal building and big pull out along the highway that we moaned about while shooting, because the lights were not what we wanted in our composition, but once I uploaded my frames I saw it looked pretty good to my imagination. 😀

  8. Striking photo, Deborah. Thanks for explaining about the light as I was definitely wondering about it. I chuckled inwardly at the temperature because, well, you know why. Low here was about 73. 🙂 BTW, thanks for the tips on Pauline’s blog. I really, really, really need to get off of Auto so I may spring for the book.


    1. Thanks so much, Janet! I can see you chuckling about the temperature. Enjoy those cool morning walks and the time with the kids!

      BTW, Pauline writes that she was able to find the book in ebook form at her library and has downloaded it and is enjoying it. Maybe your library has a copy too?

    1. Thank you so much, Peter! It was fortuitous that he brought two flashlights! I had forgot to bring my little LED lights. This one was my favorite. I loved the soft warm light it emitted.

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