Details: Death Valley is known for its dark skies, and summer is a great time to catch the brightest parts of the Milky Way. This photo was taken around 3:30 AM on a moonless June night from inside Golden Canyon near Furnace Creek. The mouth of the canyon opens to the south, so it made the perfect frame for the vertical galaxy. As you might expect, I had the park to myself at this hour–my only companions were a few bats zipping around the canyon.
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