The summertime milkyway spills out of the sky above Wild Goose Island, in Saint Mary Lake, on the east side of Glacier National Park.
Behind the lens.
I planned this image in my mind, and then I had to wait almost six months before the Milkyway lined up where I wanted it, right above the island. Between the moon and the weather, I only had one dark (moonless) and clear (cloudless) night to attempt to get the image out of my head and into my camera. And even though it was cloudless, there was lots of drift smoke in the sky from wildfires in British Columbia, hundreds of miles away. Because of the smoke, the stars turned out a little more subtle than those in a clear sky, like "Mt. Reynolds Milkyway."
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