Some of the best opportunities for Western sky photography can be found in our national parks, which offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The clear, dark skies of the western United States provide the best locations for stargazing. And the sunrises and sunsets are equally amazing.
I will never forget standing at Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park waiting for sunrise, but being disappointed by a sky cloaked in clouds. And then it happened. The morning sun burst through the dark clouds to create an explosion of sunrays through the magnificent valley.
western sky photography under the brightest stars
The western night skies are the darkest I have experienced. My travels have taken me from the lowest point in America at the bottom of Death Valley, to the mountain tops of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I’ve captured photos of the milky way rising above the desert basin and lighting the oldest trees on earth.