Billions and Billions of Stars in Arches NP



I’m sitting amongst sagebrush and sand, the land illuminated only by starlight. The soft wind rustles the sage and the piñons around me, and the pungent sweet smell of spring flowers greets my nose. I had set my camera for a series of exposures, and was waiting out the 1 1/2 hours, sitting in a camp chair, absorbing the night sky, and letting my mind wander freely to any thoughts it had: “how amazing the recent news that 3 new ‘worlds’ were found in space… are there owls watching me now…or ringtail cats…what will the title of my new book on outdoor photography be…was that deer munching grass that I just I heard in the dark? Suddenly, my darkened world was brightened by a meteorite streaking across the sky…but thankfully not in the direction I was photographing. My mind turned back to thoughts of meteorite showers, of just how small our planet is in the vastness of the galaxy and the worlds beyond…how lucky I am to have had parents who exposed me to the wonders of the natural world and taught me to be in awe of things that I cannot understand…and to be at peace in nature, alone, and not afraid…


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  1. David Peterson May 6, 2016 at 2:09 am #

    I like your image and your thoughts. Thanks for posting.

  2. JB May 6, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    Indeed! And how lucky we are to have you!

    • Brenda Tharp May 7, 2016 at 12:07 am #

      Thank you John for the heartfelt comment!

  3. Dennis May 5, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    And what a great reason to be a photographer! The opportunity to be out there in nature, waiting for the world to turn in front of your camera, giving you the chance to wonder and be thankful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda Tharp May 7, 2016 at 12:08 am #

      Nice thoughts Dennis! Thank you for visiting/commenting.

  4. wendy May 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Awesome shot and I am so happy you were able to experience, capture, and write about nature in such a majestic way!

    • Brenda Tharp May 7, 2016 at 12:09 am #

      Thanks Wendy. When I slow down enough it all comes together!

  5. Jane Lurie May 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Brenda, I felt like I was sitting in a camp chair ruminating with you about the universe and nature. A spectacular image and wonderful post.

    • Brenda Tharp May 7, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Thank you Jane. I am glad I could express myself well enough to give you the experience, too!