The summer night sky

August 24, 2020  •  3 Comments

The Milky Way and the MeadowThe Milky Way and the MeadowThe Milky Way over a meadow. Summer in West Virginia.

A couple of weeks ago, we made the short drive to West Virginia for a socially-distant vacation. It was great to get out of DC for a while. I feared that all the rain we had been having in DC would follow us, but we were blessed with clear skies. I normally curse clear skies, since bright blue skies are boring in landscapes, but this time they presented an opportunity: astrophotography. Clear skies and the lower level of light pollution in West Virginia allowed me to shoot the Milky Way. I took several photos. The one above may be my favorite, but it’s tough to decide.

Milky Way over the TreesMilky Way over the TreesA view of the Milky Way, high above a forest in West Virginia.

The following is a photo of the Milky Way over the cabin we stayed in. The only lights I left on in the cabin were very dim nightlights. The lights appear bright because I took a very long exposure (50 seconds) and even a little nightlight is much brighter than starlight.

The Cabin and the Milky WayThe Cabin and the Milky WayThe Milky Way hovers over a cabin. Summer in West Virginia.

Our visit also coincided with the peak for the Perseid meteor shower. Unfortunately, the clouds moved in while I was trying to shoot the meteors. Here's one that I caught while I was in Cacapon Resort State Park:

Meteor over CacaponMeteor over CacaponA meteor during the Perseid meteor shower appears over Cacapon Resort State Park in West Virginia on a cloudy summer night.

The night sky was not the only subject that I shot while we were in West Virginia. I took some landscapes as well. I like the following. It’s a photo of the Potomac River and Great Cacapon at dusk. I really like the color.

Dusk on the Potomac and Great CacaponDusk on the Potomac and Great CacaponDusk falls on the Potomac River and Great Cacapon. Summer in West Virginia.


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John Baggaley Photography
Thank you both!
Mark Baggaley(non-registered)
Such beautiful shots, especially with the meter in that one picture.
Sandra Baggaley(non-registered)
Fabulous photos!
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