Milky Way over Oxbow Bend

I never thought sleep would be such a treasured commodity, but traveling North in the hemisphere makes for late sunsets and early sunrises.  If you couple that with a night of astrophotography it leaves about 2 hours of sleep in a van…wait for it…Down by the River (Chris Farley reference).  Sunset was around 9pm and Sunrise was about 5am in the Tetons.  One evening Ryan Wright and I ventured up to Signal Mountain and then over to Oxbow Bend to capture the Milky Way in all its glory!  It was a New Moon so the stars were not competing to outshine the moon when we were in the Tetons.

I’ve never been down to Oxbow Bend at night, but you could hear the fish jumping in the water and ducks moving around and of course mosquitos nibbling at my flesh! I do have to say the reflection was awesome on the still water of the Snake River and once the clouds passed through it made for a wonderful night sky. This particular evening the hydrogen in the atmosphere created a green gas in the night sky and the camera sensor picked it up in the shot. Here’s my favorite shot from the evening!

Milky Way over Oxbow Bend
Milky Way over Oxbow Bend | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • Edith Levy

    WOW…unbelievable image Rick.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Edith!

  • ljsaltiel

    Stunning shot Rick. So tranquil and peaceful.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Len!

  • A Super WOW photo Rick beautiful – will be there next week

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Ronnie! Have a great trip!