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Utah Rising. | by Ryan Hallock
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Utah Rising.

The Galactic Center of our Milky Way rises over Fiftymile Mountain inside the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Escalante, Utah.


This camp spot is on BLM land (Bureau of Land Management), at the Batty Pass Caves, a sequence of 3 man-made caves that were used by gem miners in the 1950s. An abandoned V8 Lincoln car from the 1940s was left behind about 100 feet to the left, out of frame. The mountainside the caves are carved into are part of the Kaiparowits Plateau, a very important geological formation.


This photo was 1 of 370 taken consecutively over a few hours for a time-lapse. The lights were actually used for us to see at night, we kind of made a small walkway from our camp spot/fire, back to where my truck was parked. No crazy light techniques or diffusing, but, this photo will always be one of my favorites. This is also my favorite place on earth besides the high desert of the Mojave in California.


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Taken on August 19, 2017