My first Milky Way image from 2021, shot during the very early morning hours of March 11 in Eastern Montana. Windmills like this one power water pumps that feed "stock tanks," allowing cattle grazing on the semi-arid landscape. They are a landmark feature of the Plains, as much a part of the Western prairie as the homesteads I also enjoy photographing.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the core of our galaxy rises above the horizon an hour and a half or so before dawn, meaning to complete a panorama like this, composed of 24 images, I have work quickly and avoid mistakes. It's been a trial and error process with many miles and sleepless nights that yielded nothing more than experience, but the results now are worth it to me.
I love the night sky and the connection between the terrestrial and celestial. By photographing some of the scenes I'm most drawn to at night, I'm able to reveal a seldom-seen world that is both peaceful and humbling in its enormity.
This print measures 15x40 inches and is part of an edition of 50. Each is signed and numbered, printed on fine, archival paper and can, by special request, be done on ready-to-hang aluminum.