A dramatic aurora burst above Iceland's Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes peninsula. Views like this really make you stop and think about your (tiny) place in the universe. I was but one speck of light under a canopy of millions of stars and an explosion of electromagnetic energy. Humbling to say the least.
A super rare full moonbow over Lake Lagarfljot in Egilsstadir, Iceland with the green glow of the aurora bleeding in the top of the frame. Having already endured an hour of shooting an incredibly active aurora in the driving wind and rain, I ventured back out for another amazing round of shooting when I saw the hints of the moonbow forming across the lake. Opportunities to see views like this rarely happen twice.
This view puts into perspective just how tiny we really are... and this is just what you can see through the lens of a DSLR. Seeking out a dark night sky and seeing the Milky Way in person is an experience that will fill you with awe and leave you wanting more. Jupiter is the larger white object near the bottom left.
With the night sky vanishing at the hands of light pollution, it can be disheartening to think of the beauty and awe that we're missing out on. I found this spot that just amazed me atop the Blue Ridge mountains that shows the dichotomy of the night sky, between what we see, and the vast beauty that lies above.
The Milky Way rises above the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. As one of the few places in the Mid-Atlantic with minimal light pollution, Shenandoah is a sanctuary for astronomers and dark sky lovers. Thousands, if not millions, of stars are visible to the naked eye, and many more shine through the aperture of a good lens.