Went back out tonight to photograph the returning Milky Way. The night before I had some good results but was in a tight area. Tonight I travelled to wider skies. It was my intention to be lying in wait while it climbed at 5 am above a snow-covered range.
The night had some beautiful green aurora to the north. I hoped they might turn to spikes and start to dance, but they stayed still in the atmosphere.
Since it was a moonless night I didn’t expect to be able to see the snow on the mountains. However, the green and red Northern Lights illuminated the snow and ice, giving it a somewhat surreal look.
By 2:30 the clouds started to roll in. Making only the brightest stars visible and bloated in the grayling sky.
There would be no Milky Way rising tonight. My great plans were shot. Last night I had The Milky Way but no foreground. Tonight I had the foreground and direction while the clouds rolled.
That’s okay. I’ve never been much for perfect pictures. It should be about place and the moment. Neither can be controlled or composed. I like that.