One of the arms of our beautiful spiral Milky Way Galaxy.
We were standing on the edge of String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. It was a completely dark night with no moon illluminating anything, the starlight was all we had.
The shoot was a little tense, we opted out of getting bear spray that day and we both wished we had it if only for comfort during this evening. We were quietly enjoying the stars watching the Milky Way drift from left to right across the sky when I heard a branch snap in the trees very close along the banks of the large lake. I grabbed my wife and pushed her behind me, heart pounding, snapped on my headlamp to illuminate a doe Mule Deer walking no more than 5 feet from us. I walked her back to the car, and after waiting another hour or so for the Milky Way to move to the location you see in this image, I reluctantly took the stroll back down to lake to snap this shot and get back to the car!
The shot turned out great, I'm pretty sure there is a shooting star, or meteor in the top right of the image, and the yellowish glow on the bottom comes from the tungsten light of Jackson Hole.
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