Pillar of Stone, Milky Way, Stars and Clouds, Arches National Park, Utah

This sandstone pillar in Arches National Park, which probably has an official name, looks to me like an enormous totem pole. I photographed it at night with a short enough exposure to freeze the stars but long enough that the quick moving clouds blurred across the sky. Lighting was tough on this one since the pillar was quite a distance away and very tall (hundreds of feet I estimate). The glow at lower left was produced by the nearby citizens of Moab, all tucked in bed while visions of mountain bikes danced in their heads. If you like this, please see more of my night astrophotography landscape photos. Cheers!

Stone columns rising in the night sky, milky way and stars and clouds filling the night sky overhead, Arches National Park, Utah

Stone columns rising in the night sky, milky way and stars and clouds filling the night sky overhead.
Image ID: 27848
Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA