Hiding In The Dark

East and West Spanish Peaks and the swirl of stars above were barely visible to the naked eye on this late night drive into southern Colorado. But a stop and a long-exposure reveals all of the hidden beauty. Looking for some dark skies and a great view of the Milky Way, Jon Blake, David Kingham, and I headed down for a good old late-night photo-drive.


This two-exposure, composite image shows the colorful center of the Milky Way above East and West Spanish Peaks. It was taken without any moonlight in the dark skies west of Walsenburg, Colorado.

  • Garys_thisandthat 3y

    You truely have a GREAT "minds eye" .... this is gorgeous!!!!!!!!

    Excellent technique!!!

    Thank you so much for shooting & sharing .....
  • Mark Berenson 3y

    You've set a new standard, Mike. Great job. But did you ever wonder why some stars appear red while some look blue and most are in-between? Here's the answer: www.oneminuteastronomer.com/708/star-colors-explained/
  • Michael Menefee 3y

    Very nice, looks like you all had a fun trip. It it always amazing how many stars modern sensors seem to effortlessly pull from the sky.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Mark Hamilton 3y

    Fantastic Capture
  • Ray Wise 3y

    what an interesting shot - love the vivid detail in the sky - an easy fave for me - nice job!
  • Mike Berenson 3y

    Wow! Some more great feedback... thank you everyone!

    Mark Berenson Thank you as well for sharing the article about star color variations. Very interesting stuff!
  • Susan Humphrey 3y

    Absolutely amazing. The detail and color are wonderful. Stunning shot.
  • Ron Spain 3y

    You nailed it ... wow !!!
  • Jim Frazee 3y

  • Jim Frazee 3y

    You are invited to display your image.
    I wish I'd taken it!!!

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  • Greg Thow 3y

    so cool
  • Royce Bair 3y

    (now on to the other image, just before this one...)
  • _kari 3y

    Amazing shot!
  • Rod Blakney 3y

    Mike this is simply spectacular!
  • floyka 3y

    Mike, I'm running out of adjectives to describe how I feel when I see your images. I don't know how I missed this before. This is freakin' incredible.
  • hksmith02 (Away for while) 3y

    wow..........jaw dropping show.........what great details in viewed large..........you are simply amazing and very creative.
  • lifinodou 3y

    Starry, starry night! What a beautiful sight. Living close to Manhattan, I've only seen the Milky Way once as a kid on vacation in the Catskill mountains. Thanks for sharing this image.
  • Joe 3y

    One of the best.
  • Eloise Claire 3y

    So good!!!
  • ernogy 2y

    excellent night work across the board. inspiring images. Keep em coming, Erno
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Taken on March 24, 2012
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