Photo of the Week: Milky Way

IMG_8711Harcourt, Canada

Living in a city like New York with the lots of light pollution it’s impossible to see the stars at night.  That’s why I appreciate the rare occurrences when I am out in the open and I can look up and see the sky full of stars.  This photo was taken on our trip to a cottage, a few hours north of Toronto.  Late at night after the parents went to bed, we stole down to the pier with our flashlights, blankets, and cameras.  By the water, with the silence periodically broken by the sharp cry of a loon looking for its mate, the slow moving water gently swayed the dock as we quietly laid in a row. Looking up, the Milky Way was perfectly visible strewn across the inky black sky. Millions of stars twinkled, creating an unforgettable moment that I got to share with my family.

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Photo of the Week: Starry Night

IMG_3457Inca Trail, Peru

We made it back from our Inca trail trek in one piece! As I sort out my notes and pictures from the trips, I knew I wanted to share this particular one as a photo of the week. This photo was taken on the second night of our hike after we crossed Dead Woman’s pass. From our camping area when you look up, all you see is the open sky and millions of stars twinkling. Personally, I don’t know any constellations, but I did recognize the Milky Way. As a city girl, I never get to see the sky like this. The view was so amazing, I knew I had to capture it. So in the freezing night, I was sitting outside of my tent playing with my camera.  I didn’t bring a tripod because it was too heavy, so I put the camera on the ground and propped it up with some rocks (I had a McGyver moment) and set the exposure to 30 seconds.  This is the result.

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