There's something really unique about the results of diffused light in front of starry skies - in this case, the Milky Way. I really like the color variation the stars show anyway, but the diffusion I saw coming from a thin layer of clouds seemed to exaggerate the glow from the brighter stars even more.
So I thought I'd give a look at this vertical comp from my last trip down to La Veta and the Spanish Peaks. This composite image was taken in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains west of Walsenburg, Colorado. For most of the night, the clouds were too thick to get much detail in the Milky Way. But just before twilight made the details disappear, the clouds thinned out, revealing the glowing beauty of the Milky Way's center core over West Spanish Peak.
On the technical side, I took two exposures (under moonless skies) using a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens. The first was a 4 minute long-exposure at ISO 800, f/2 (I think). Then for the sky, I shot at ISO 3200 for 15 seconds (also at f/2, I think). I say I think on the aperture because the 50mm 1.2 manual focus lens doesn't capture this in the meta-data. I then blended the two exposures in photoshop.