Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Silhouetted against the Milky Way
During my visit to Moab I was blessed with a few clear and moonless nights. The southern end of the Milky Way is in the southwest this time of year so I did a scouting trip in daylight to pick some places to return to at night. The night trip was pretty successful. Balanced Rock was a given since you can walk all the way around that and the view was clear in the SW direction.
Turret Arch was another one that opened to the SW and was relatively easy to get to.
Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Silhouette with the Milky Way
The walk to Double Arch isn’t as well marked and since I had not walked it in the daylight on my scouting trip I wound up wandering around in the sagebrush, following the footprints left by others during the day time. I finally gave up on getting anything of Double Arch that night but did see another unnamed arch so I photographed that one with the Milky Way above it. As I was focusing on that arch I noted the 2 other arches way off to the right so I included them in the image. The next morning when looking at the images I realized it was Double Arch I was seeing.
Arches NP, unnamed arch on the left, Double Arch on the right with the Milky Way above
My last full day in Moab I returned to the park specifically to do the walk to Double Arch so I could find it at night. That night was clear and my large light was charged up so I went back into the park with the idea of trying to illuminate some of the subjects I had gotten silhouettes of. I didn’t get lost, found Double Arch and was rewarded with some really nice images.
Double Arch, Arches NP, illuminated
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