This was one of the last photos 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. This is a combination of two exposures, one for the stars and one for the landscape. The lights of Walla Walla are visible on the horizon to the right.
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.