Star trails, Milky Way illuminate national parks
As a photographer, as soon as I encounter a night sky, my mind starts pondering over composition details, including finding the Pole Star, the Milky Way and identifying constellations, as well as calculating correct exposure lengths for both star trails and night-sky time-lapses.
But as a human being, I sometimes just step back and stand in amazement at the kaleidoscope of stars that come out in such a dark sky. I have lost many such nights out in the wilderness gaping in awe at this starry starry sky, trying to trace out intricate details and patterns, catching the fleeting moment of glory of a bright meteor and tracking satellites as they fade in and out of existence.
And once I get sight of the Milky Way rising out of the horizon like a Phoenix from the Ashes, I get completely lost in just admiring the sheer majesty of our parent galaxy, especially its bright center. It strongly defines our miniscule place in the mighty Universe.
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