I have always had an affinity for the stars and their formations. I remember my step-dad pointing out the constellations and my sister and I laying on our trampoline with blankets looking at the stars. There is just something about the night sky and the amount of wonder that coincides.
While we are known to chase the full moon, we now are chasing one of the most well known galaxies–the Milky Way. Let me just say, it is absolutely beautiful to see in the night sky!
In October of 2017, Dan and I drove across the country to my side of the country for my Master’s graduation. Our first stop along the way was twenty-three hours from home to my family’s ranch in Marvel, Colorado. Dan was so excited to be in an area of lower light pollution and having a clear sky, that he went and set up in the middle of the dirt driveway as my grandma and I sat on the front porch by the fire and caught up with each other. This picture instantly became a favorite of mine and my family’s as it was not only beautiful, but taken in a place that means so much to us. This was our first Milky Way picture.
This picture began our journey chasing a galaxy. Dan is consistently checking to see if the Milky Way is visible in our area and if skies are clear in order to attempt to capture this beauty in the sky. This last Tuesday, we decided we were going to attempt another shot. We caught it, barely, but we caught it. We drove to one of our favorites spots on the edge of Mirror Lake and caught it just over the top of the trees! The only downside? I ended up with nearly twenty mosquito bites in ten minutes. TWENTY! Needless to say I was done after that. However, look at this picture! Worth the itchy swollen bumps that followed.
This picture then spurred Dan to go adventure without me Saturday night to a few different places and HOLY CRAP! We are both so in love with these pictures!
With each new picture, I am even more intrigued by the beauty of the night sky. I can’t wait to continue star gazing with my best friend.