After two days of pounding rain atop Utah's Boulder Mountain, I awoke at 2:30 in the morning to see clear skies above me and the milky way glowing in the west. Mist was curling across the surface of the lake, and there was frost on the tips of the grass. Truly a magical time to be awake.
This little pine has seen more and endured more than we'll ever know. I admire its tenacity, and covet the beauty that it witnesses.
I really wanted to try out the Sony A7s for nightscapes, but due to the superbloom, the mesquite dunes were overrun with kids playing night games with flashlights. I tried opening my shutter several times in the hopes of catching a nice illuminated dune, rather than an overpowering flash of light, and finally snagged this just before the clouds rolled in to obscure the milky way. Sony A7s, 30 seconds, ISO 10,000, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 @ f/8.