Image Credit & Copyright: Manish Mamtani CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and links to more of Manish’s work.

This image comes to us from world class photographer, Manish Mamtani and it’s a stunning view of the Milky Way galaxy; our star city, as seen from Joshua Tree National Park, California. This is a place that I used to love stopping at as a young Marine as I would travel from Camp Pendleton to 29 Palms “29 Stumps” but I’ve never seen it like this. Shot with a full spectrum camera we see the galaxy in a whole new light, literally. I believe, that if I’m not mistaken a full spectrum camera is a combination of visible, infrared and ultraviolet light which broadens your photographic horizon considerably. These cameras can be purchased or modified from standard cameras. I wouldn’t recommend making modifications yourself unless you know exactly what you’re doing. That can lead to some pretty expensive mistakes…..not that I know….I’m just saying.

Joshua Tree National Park is over three quarters of a million acres (bigger than Rhode Island) spanning Riverside and San Bernardino counties, CA. A National Monument since 1936, it officially became a National Park in 1994 after Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. Aside from the stunning views, Joshua Tree boasts great hiking and rock scrambling opportunities as well as some great names such as “The Old Woman Rock” “North Horror Rock” and “Skull Rock.”

If I may digress for a moment, let this drive home the fact that images like this, that we all love and take pause in when we see them are created by people. Extremely dedicated people who, travel great distances, sometimes all over the world at their own expense with their own very expensive equipment (understatement) to capture images they love and images that we enjoy every day. So please, when you use images it’s imperative to give credit to each and every image you post because that photographer deserves the credit for the effort he or she applied for our enjoyment.

Get out and see the world, you only have one chance to ride this ride so do what you love and do it well. I’ve been to quite a few places across the U.S., Canada and Mexico and I’ve loved them all and I’m certain you will to. I hope you enjoyed this image and go check out more of Manish’s work in the links below as he’s an incredible photographer and the reach of his work reaches much further than the night sky but hey, I’m biased.

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