The Northern Lines shine behind the Vista House on the top of Mount Spokane. The lights of Priest River, Idaho and Newport, Washington can be seen on the horizon.
Palouse Falls Milky Way Arch
The lights of Spokane, Pullman, and Moscow can be see on the horizon, with the Milky Way rising over Palouse Falls.
Priest Lake Milky Way
The Milky Way Galaxy looms large over Priest Lake in north Idaho.
Priest Lake Starry Aurora
This scene features Priest Lake, the Milky Way Galaxy, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights,) and a small forest fire on Plowboy Mountain.
Wild Horses Monument Panorama
Wild Horses Monument - Run With the Horses
Wild Horses Monument - Race
Wild Horses Monument - Lead Horse
Mount Rainier Eruption
Mount Rainier is aglow with climber's headlamps, the milky way galaxy, and atmospheric noise called airglow, which gives the sky it's colorful hue.
An old barn near Ritzvilled, WA.
Mount St. Helens Milky Way
Two meteors converge in a single exposure above Second Beach in La Push, Washington, Olympic National Park.
Steeples of Light
The Aurora Borealis erupts on the horizon beyond a little country church near Davenport, Washington.
This was the last photo I took of Palouse Falls after five hours of trying different compositions that would do both the Milky Way and the falls justice. Sometimes you have to stumble around the dark for awhile before your creative vision matures enough to see what is possible. In this shot I sought to have both the falls and the Milky Way descending to earth with the same trajectory. This is a combination of two exposures, one for the stars and one for the landscape. While waiting for the 10-minute-plus exposure for the land to complete I laid down on the ground next to the cliff and felt, for the first time, the vibration of the earth from the force of the water pounding into the canyon floor. Please note that your computer monitor will likely show this image being brighter and with less contrast than will actually appear in print. This version is edited and proofed for optimal printing and will have much more contrast and dark tones than what you see on your computer screen.
Wild Horses Monument - Galactic Stampede
The wild horse statues of artist David Govedare ride into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy at Wild Horses Monument in Vantage, Washington.
Priest Lake Light Symphony
In this rare convergence of astro-events, the Aurora Borealis dances in the lower left corner, green waves of Airglow hover to the right side of the picture, and the Milky Way arch rises over it all.
Northern Light erupt over Priest Lake from the beast at Hill's Resort in north Idaho.
"Reaching for Orion"
After a couple hours behind the camera in La Push, WA, Olympic National Park, I entered the scene for this photo. It reminds me of what it was like to wander the beach amidst the mystery of the stars, both in the sky and reflected at my feet on the beach.
Star reflections on Second Beach in La Push, Washington, Olympic National Park. The Orion Constellation can be seen at the top of the image and the lights of coastal cities are reflected in clouds on the horizon.
Runway to the Galaxies
A receding tide reveals rock formations on Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park near Neah Bay, Washington. The Andromeda Galaxy is the bright feature in the sky along with the Milky Way Galaxy to the right. The yellow and orange colors come from a marine layer hovering over the Pacific Ocean.
Shi Shi Beach Reflections
Stars twinkle in a tidepool at Shi Shi Beach near Neah Bay, Washington at Olympic National Park.
The Milky Way Galaxy rises above Diablo Lake in the North Cascades National Park in northwest Washington State. The lights to the lower right are from the dam that holds the deep blue waters of the lake.