It was a beautiful evening in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sirius, Orion, Taurus, and the Pleiades star cluster were shining brightly in the night sky. The sun set at 5:50 pm and I clicked the shutter at 6:43 pm. The beautiful blue sky was due to the long, 30 second exposure.
One of the great things about night sky photography in the winter is the snow. Ordinarily the landscape looks black in night sky photographs, but in the winter the snow picks up the light of the sky. The moon did not rise until 11:57 pm, so all of the light on the snow is from the sky.
This is my favorite image for February 26.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of my favorite places on the planet and a great place to do landscape and wildlife photography. Two days before I took this picture I was photographing elk in Horseshoe Park.
Photo Data: Canon 5D Mark III. Canon EF 15mm semi-fisheye lens. f/6.3, 30 seconds, ISO 400.
Series: Favorite Photos by Date – all about this series
Favorite Photo, February 24 – elk in Horseshoe Park