With a shape and appearance that immediately struck me as being reminiscent of the Hubble Space Telescope’s view of the V838 Monocerotis this image could perhaps be one of my most abstract attempts yet to make the most of somewhat, let’s say, undesirable weather conditions! 🙂
I love the way that the silhouetted tree looms out of the darkness, out of the mist and cloud and almost stretches out towards you while at the same time appearing to cradle the remaining clear window in to the stars, as emphasised by the shape of the clouds.
The image shows two bright stars, their presence emphasised by the cloud which has diffused their light. These stars are Canopus (left) and Sirius (right), Sirius being the brightest star in the sky and at this time of year setting low in the west after sunset.
This was taken at a popular Western Australian astrophotography and camping location – Lake Ballard, on a 1800km round-trip I did this weekend just gone (21st May 2015). Arriving after dark I had just parked, barely got myself sorted with minimal camera gear, walked about 10m, plonked the camera down, looked up and said to myself with cloud encroging “wow, that’s a shot!”. I quickly snapped it before the cloud moved or the cloud completely engulfed the stars! The night then went on to be a fairly damp affair with intermittent rain throughout he night.