Photo Credit: Patrick Cullis: CLICK photo to view larger size and see below for links and information.

Actually this beautiful photo was taken on August 18, 2012 on the approach to Eccels Pass and Red Buffalo outside of Frisco, Colorado but I not only wanted to show you an amazing photo I also wanted to use it as a reminder.

For starters this Milky Way shot lacks something almost all other night sky photos have……light painting or light accents to highlight the foreground. In this case it actually makes the photo perfect because all of your attention is focused to the brilliantly shining Milky Way high overhead. Lighting your surroundings goes hand in hand with location; this photo would have looked great with the foreground trees illuminated but it’s perfect without it. If you attempt photos like this remember to keep an open mind and try everything you can think of. You just may end up with a gem!

Also I did headline this post “Long Cold December Skies” and that’s to remind you (As if you didn’t notice) that even though it’s cold and frigid outside, winter nights are the longest periods of darkness and thus, night sky watching is at its best. Don’t be afraid to get out there and take in the winter sky. Just be safe, take care of yourself and your equipment……the cold is unforgiving!

Patrick Cullis website: http://www.pcullyphoto.com/

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcullyphoto

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/channels/483015

Blog: http://pcully.blogspot.com/

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  1. Uncle Tree says:

    Wowzer! Quite spectacular 🙂 Cheerz, Uncle Tree

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