The Bigger picture.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™
The Bigger Picture, Mt. Washington and the Milky Way.
Here's a photo I made during that windy night at Mt. Washington.
Up in the mountains there is much less light pollution from the city so the stars really shine well. Looking at the milky way and the rest of the cosmos really makes one think of big things.
I forget I am a Portlander. I forget I am an Oregonian. I forget I am an American. I forget I am from a particular race and have a certain color of skin (or lack thereof). And I forget that I am an earthling. I only feel as if I am one with THE ALL.
I can't help but think if more people would stop to look up at the heavens more often that they might have a similar feeling. I can't help but believe people would be less divided by "patriotism," religion, and other ideologies.
For me, no temple or church can match the beauty of the temple of the night sky.
It is mid blowing to think that everyone of those stars has planets revolving around them like we have with our sun. And what we can see is just an unfathomable small selection of what is out there.
I know this is not a technically perfect celestial - astronomy image; there's a fair amount of noise from the extremely high iso and some color banding. The wind was blowing so hard that I got a dose of vibration surely in the exposure, however I thought I would share nonetheless.
16mm F2.8 30seconds @ iso 6400