Honey moon and star trails over Red Rock Canyon

All photos: Gavin Heffernan

To witness the world's first honey moon in nearly 100 years, time-lapse photographer and filmmaker Gavin Heffernan and his girlfriend Briana decided to drive out to Red Rock Canyon State Park for a night of car camping, stargazing and time-lapse photography.

Car camping at Red Rock Canyon State ParkCar camping at Red Rock Canyon State Park

Located two hours outside of Los Angeles, the otherworldly landscape of Red Rock Canyon has long been a destination for Hollywood filmmakers. Next time you watch "Jurassic Park" or a classic American Western film, be on the lookout for the state park's iconic, colorful rock formations.

The merger of the otherworldly landscape and the luminous night sky was quite a visual treat for Heffernan, who tells MNN: "The large moon 'painted' the giant majestic cliffs of the canyon, allowing for a unusual combination of fully exposed foregrounds and star trails in the sky."

The last full honey moon to fall on Friday the 13th occurred in 1919, and after this year's event, it will not be seen in sky again until 2098. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

"In post-production, I experimented with splitting the screen or mirroring some of the shots, to add to the surrealism," Heffernan explains. "My favorite of these was the 'heart' created by the honey moon," which can be seen in the first image above.

Continue below for more photos from this shoot, and be sure to check out more of Heffernan's work!

Star trails over Red Rock Canyon
Star trails over Red Rock Canyon
Star trails over Red Rock Canyon
Star trails over Red Rock Canyon
Star trails over Red Rock Canyon
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