Image Credit & Copyright: Rick Parchen.
Here’s a beautiful image of the core of the Milky Way galaxy crossing the skies of Oregon. This image captures a homestead in the open plains; the dark skies provided by the lack of human population create an eerie, yet beautiful scene that I would love to see for myself. This image also helps me to gain perspective as well because when most people (who don’t live in the Oregon area) think of Oregon, they typically think of the mountains and that incredible coastline. The wide open expanses of its plains are rarely the focal point of thought when, at least I think of the state.
Much of this area is actually an ancient volcanic field known as Oregon’s High Lava Plains and the area is a geologic paradise. It stretches west to the Idaho border and the Snake River Plains of Idaho where the ancient footprints of the supervolcano that now resides in Yellowstone reside. Or to phrase it properly; Yellowstone now resides over the stationary supervolcano hotspot.
Rick Parchen Photography: http://www.parchenphotography.com/