We are not alone

We rotate every 24 hours.  We see the same stars at night, and every 27.5 days we get a chance to see so many of them.  The new moon is a special thing.  The moon is completely void of reflected light from the sun and this is when you can see many stars.  

Last night was clear and did not disappoint.  I drove out to Burnet from my town of Pflugerville.  It's about a 1 hour drive on highway 29.  Along the way you can see more deer than cars and the dark sky is littered with twinkles.  

I'm sewing my wild oats I suppose.  Pretty soon I'll have another little star in my life.  My second born will be here any day and we can't wait to welcome him into the world.  I figured last night was about the last time I could get out and not feel like I may need to race back home. 

There's a side farm road off 29 that takes you by Lake Buchanan.  I followed it along for a mile or so looking for a break where I could go shoot stars over the lake.  Unfortunately it's all private property and the dam was lit up so there was little point of shooting toward the water.  I took a road back in toward the neighborhood and stopped right at a T.  I put the car in park, got out and set up camp.  I had my flashers on for a minute but soon realized...I was the only one out there.  

converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex 2.0

Thought I was miles away from the city, the light pollution was still very evident.  So many colors from amber to cyan cluttering the horizons.  It's a shame we can't have blackouts in certain areas.  Out in west Texas there are dark sky areas where the lights have certain covers and brightness is limited to allow for excellent visibility at night.  That is my dream spot for star photography.  I'll make a trip there around a new moon sometime.  

This last capture was posted on 500px.com/cody_ash.  It was my favorite from the day.  I exposed the road some in Lightroom and sharpened the stars up a bit.  Hope you enjoy the gallery.