On a clear Montana night, the 70-million-year-old Chief, Ninaki (wife) and Papoose (baby) Mountains watch in silent reverence as the 13.6 billion-year-old Milky Way Galaxy floats past.
The winter Milky Way (left) and bright star, Vega (center) shine through the fog over Lake McDonald, balancing Comet Lovejoy (right) as it rises above Mt. Brown, in Glacier Park.
Behind the lens.
I spent four below-zero night trying to get this image before the fog, clouds and comet all cooperated. It was minus 9 degrees when I made this image at two o'clock in the morning - without my gloves!
Comet Lovejoy (C2014 Q2) sets behind the fire lookout on Huckleberry Mountain, in Glacier National Park, on a -10F degree December night.