Giants of the Night - I wanted to shoot from this location for quite some time. Logistics, weather and opportunity finally aligned, and although there were storms earlier in the day, I remained hopeful they would clear by dusk. I hiked to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park from our campsite roughly two miles away, arriving early to grab a perfectly situated spot by a few inviting rocks to wait for the nights spectacle - and wait I did. Passing time taking interesting shots of the reflections on the lake, and learning a bit more about my secondary Panasonic mirrorless camera.
Despite the new moon, the sky was well illuminated and clouds lingered well into the evening. Fortunately they began to clear just as evening turned to night and the Milky Way’s galactic center appeared over the mighty Longs Peak. Its hard to imagine anything could make Longs look so small. It was truly awesome capturing the ever present giant of the Front Range under the our vast galaxy, despite the pitch black hike back to camp.