A lone pine tree points toward the rising Milky Way over Poncha Pass, Colorado.
Details: September is the last month of the year where you can catch the center of the Milky Way in the northern hemisphere (the center is just at the ridge line in this shot). Poncha Pass, which lies in central Colorado at the north end of the San Luis Valley, is one of the darkest places in the state, and Colorado’s clear skies make the stars even brighter. The moon hadn’t risen yet, so all that was missing was a little light on the foreground, so I used one of the very few passing cars to do a little “light painting” of the foreground during the 30-second exposure. The bright blue star just left of the Milky Way is Altair.
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