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This weekend at Mount Rainier the sky was full of clouds until around 8pm Saturday night when the clouds cleared and a bazillion stars came out. It was close to the new moon so no moonlight to interfere, and no city light pollution for miles. The Milky Way appeared around 9pm, and slowly moved across the sky and Rainier until it was in this position around 1 a.m.
Another photo from stargazing near the meadows of Rainier. The Milky Way was exploding off the Western face, and you can see the headlamps from midnight hikers on the Eastern ridge. This photo taken with the Sony RX1R, most incredible digital camera ever! ISO 3200, 20 seconds, F2.0, 35mm.
From the beautiful North Cascades National Park in WA. Diablo lake was dammed up almost 100 years ago, part of a massive glacial river. This view is looking out from the overlook on a full moonlit landscape in July.