Milky Way over Deep Springs Valley

I’ve just returned from a trip to Mono and Inyo Counties, in far-eastern California. We spent two nights at Grandview Campground in the White Mountains. That name, “Grandview”, comes from a mine overlooking the Owens Valley to the west, but the view to the southeast is pretty grand, too.

Milky Way over Deep Springs Valley

There was no moon those nights—perfect conditions for some starry-sky photography. Above, we’re looking southeast, across Deep Springs Valley and the mountains around northern Death Valley to the rising Milky Way. That orange glow in the distance, barely visible to the naked eye, is Las Vegas, 185 miles away. The bit of light in the lower right, below the horizon, is the CARMA radio observatory.  More on that to come. Exposure: 30 seconds, f/4.0, ISO 3200, with a 20mm lens on a Nikon D700.

Here’s a nearly identical view taken earlier that evening. The bit of white in the bottom of the valley is Deep Springs Lake.

Deep Springs Valley

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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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