Rekindled flame

By Phil Plait | March 27, 2012 2:33 pm

Brad Goldpaint is a professional photographer who takes devastating photos of the sky — like the amazing one of the Milky Way over the Venus/Jupiter conjunction — and he specializes in putting amazing foreground objects in his shots. I saw this particular picture on his Google+ page, and asked him if I could post it here. He said yes:

This photo, "Rekindled Flame", was shot on May 3, 2011 at Balanced Rock in Arches National Park. I asked Brad about the glow on the horizon, and he suspects it was a town’s light, but the nearest town in that direction was nearly 200 km away!

One thing I’ll note: the rock on the left — that kind of formation is called a "hoodoo", and I love that word — wasn’t being lit by the town’s light; Brad actually used a flashlight to very lightly illuminate it. I like this; if it had been just a shadow it wouldn’t have looked nearly s impressive as it does in this picture; the slightly lit nature gives it depth and, somehow, a sense of patience I rather like.

Anthropomorphization? Sure, why not. Scientists have imagination, too, y’know.

Image credit: Brad Goldpaint, used with permission.


Related Posts:

Galactic arch over the conjunction
The skies reflect our spinning world (a gorgeous time lapse video by Brad Goldpaint)
Well, at least light pollution makes for a pretty time lapse

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Pretty pictures
MORE ABOUT: Brad Goldpaint, hoodoo
ADVERTISEMENT

Comments are closed.

NEW ON DISCOVER
OPEN
CITIZEN SCIENCE
ADVERTISEMENT

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

ADVERTISEMENT

See More

ADVERTISEMENT
Collapse bottom bar
+