Texas Milky Way Skies

Texas Milky Way Skies -  This is another capture of the milky way over the haybales deep in the heart of Texas. The milkyway can be seen from this angle in Texas late at night in the evening only a few times a year so we took advantage and capture a few shots. The milkyway is the galaxy that contains our solar system. The term milky is derived from the appearance from earth of the galaxy. The stars that make up the milky way are giant, luminous spheres of plasma and the galaxies consist of stars, stellar remnants, dust, gas, and dark matter, bound together by gravity. It is not alway easy to see the stars or the milky way because of light pollution in our area so we travel west where there is less pollution but you have to go to Big Bend area inorder to get really dark skies in Texas. For us this time it was not possible to go there, but we were able to capture the milky way out past Llano Texas.  We alway like to have something in our images that has meaning that shows a sense of place to our images.  We came across this simple traditional Texas scene of haybales in a field at  a ranch in the Texas Hill Country west of Llano Texas and like the look.  We like this field of haybales with the backdrop of the milky way in the view what could be better.   In this image we allowed the cars to light paint the haybales so we could bring it out better in the image.  Every starry nightscape in the Texas Hill country we have  photographed has some light pollution however when we are photographying it you don't see any lights not sure where it is coming from.  Even in this photo you can see the light pollution creeping in but the awesome milkyway over rides a little light pollution in this Texas night skies image with the milkyway of the galaxy clearly in view. Photo © copyright by Bee Creek Photography - Tod Grubbs / Cynthia Hestand.

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