Howdy, ya’ll! Mike Cohea (@MikeCohea) here for today’s takeover. It’s a great honor to share my work on Universe Today and many thanks to @fcain for the opportunity! Universe Today has long been an inspiration to me and I hope to give back to this fantastic community. I was forged in the Pacific Northwest but am currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. By day, I’m a staff photographer at a local university by. But, after the sun goes down, I can be found chasing anything the night sky has to offer. I’m lucky to live in a beautiful place -- home to some of the darkest night skies and the many talented shooters who are out there stalking them. Come visit and see what it is all about! *** To start things off, I’d like to take you all to a warm summer night last month in Oregon, where I witnessed Mother Nature meeting the Milky Way. A stiff wind from the northwest gave the area near Sisters, Oregon (pictured) some much-needed relief from the smoke billowing off the Milli Fire burning seven miles west of the town. Seeing the choking smoke nearly vanish, I scampered up Black Butte (6,436 ft) at sunset and watched as the fire’s orange glow began to reflect off the surrounding peaks. As dusk began to take hold, the Milky Way appeared and proved to be a magnificent companion to Mother Nature's destruction below. Check out my account for a timelapse of the Milky Way moving over the fire where you’ll be able to see the night sky come alive.
Camera: Canon EOS 1D X
Lens: #Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Shutter Speed: 30 sec
Focal Length: 16mm
Single RAW file processed in Lightroom
#MilkyWay #MilliFire #ForestFire #Oregon #pnw #pnwlife #nightscaper #bestoforegon #astrophotography #nightsky #NightScraper #night #astro
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