With sunflowers in full bloom a vision came to me. The thought of the galactic core of our Milky Way Galaxy shooting up through the night sky with a field of sun flowers in full bloom. With some helpful hints from my fans I set out with my gear.
There is something about heading south and west out of town that just feels like home. The sun was starting to set and the silhouette of the bluffs began to rise as I made my way into the heart of the Driftless. On a stretch of road along HWY 85 I came across a field of sunflowers just outside of Carryville, WI. There was this perfect patch on the south side of the road that I knew was going to be perfect for what I had in mind.
I set up my gear and began my exposure. I started by exposing for the night sky as I created my panorama. I then adjusted my exposure and swept back, exposing for the foreground. I can't tell you how patient I had to be. It took me over an hour to obtain my second panorama. Car after car flooded the field with headlights. Patiently I waited for over an hour until I was finally able to capture what I had visioned.
Looking at this shot it almost seems as a painting. Standing out in the field I watched the faint glow of the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. It may look like a painting but it is so real. Orbiting around the core of this mass of stars we are apart of delicate balance. A dance of gravity, energy, and light. The galactic core rests 25,000 light years away, and the light takes 5,000 years to reach Earth. With over 400 billions stars its mind stretching to think about. With each star system supporting planets, sometimes multiple planets. The numbers seem so unreal. When you look at this shot I hope you get the same sense of how small we are among the massive expanse of the heavens. It really makes you realize how precious this all really is.