“In the late spring I made a trip to Crater Lake National Park, planning my visit to coincide with a new moon. I scouted areas to capture the Milky Way together with other landscape features and made note of where and when the interesting part of the galaxy would rise between Wizard Island and an old white-barked pine tree disfigured by decades of storms and winds. I returned at about 2:30 a.m. and captured this scene. The old tree seemed to stand like a sentinel over the lake, and over Wizard Island and the Milky Way. The orange glow over the left part of the rim is from the city of Klamath Falls, Oregon, located about 45 miles south of the park. The same type of glow can be faintly seen on the right of the image, coming from Grants Pass, Oregon, located about 80 miles to the southwest.”
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