Image Credit & Copyright: Dylan Martin.
Let’s keep our weekend rolling with this incredible image of startrails and the Milky Way above Sedona Arizona’s Cathedral Rock. I posted a similar image from Dylan a few weeks back so I wanted to couple it with the startrails version. I love the colors and detail in this image as the thick dust band along the plane of the Milky Way can be seen clearly here in the sky as well as in the calm waters below. It’s almost as if the cathedral is itself, alone in the cosmos.
Cathedral Rock resides in Sedona Arizona’s, Coconino Natural Forest and its summit rises 4,921 ft. (1,500 m) above sea level. It’s formed from redbed sandstone that was once ancient sand dunes on the shoreline of what was the Pedregosa Sea. Its main features are two large masses with a smaller central rise. The three gaps between are known as “saddles” of which 2 and 3 are seen in this image.
As if you needed another reason to get out to the southwest desert right? I never got to visit this particular location but I can speak from personal experience that if I had the opportunity to take annual trips to the great American desert I would, without question.
Just a fascinating image and if you like this go check out more of Dylan’s work in the links below!
Dylan Martin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dylanmartinphoto
Cathedral Rock: http://www.wildsedona.com/trails/cathedral.htm
USDA Coconino Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r3/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5194255