The town of Berridale in Australia is known for the granite boulders that seem to have grown up through and onto the surrounding grassy plains. In low light the lumpiness of the boulders and the lightly vegetated land look something like a moonscape and were almost begging to appear in some nightscape images. Ian Williams @imagesbyimw and I spent almost as much time raving about this spot as we did taking photos there on Sunday night.
The view to the north was blown out by the yellow glow coming from the town of Cooma but the rest of the compass points were quite dark. The Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds were glowing strongly in the early-spring sky. Sure, it was a Sunday night and in the morning I'd have to make the 300km (185mi) drive back home but this was too good a spot to miss out on just for sleep.
As with so many of my photos the Milky Way's galactic core is the main feature of this scene. Since it's about a 27,000 light-year trip from here Ian and I settled for photographing the core rather than starting the drive. I don't think we'd have had enough fuel, anyhow.
Captured with Canon EOS 6D, Rokinon 24mm lens @ f/2.4, 15 sec @ ISO 6400.