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The Milky Way & Light-Painted Watchman Mtn @ Zion NP

Sunset was about 9 pm. Moon rise was about 12 am midnight. Between those hours the Milky Way rose over the mountains and was visible over Zion NP after 11pm. The Watchman Mountain was light-painted by the stores in town at the entrance to the park. Serendipitously, there was a road construction light that lit the other mountain peak to camera left. The dark clear sky allowed the Milky Way to be visible along with light-painted mountains. I light painted the "beautiful flower" in the foreground.

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Taken on July 1, 2010