My friend, Doug Chaney and I ventured out to the Pawnee National Grasslands late one night during a new moon. We were hoping for a clear night, but clouds came in the way. Nevertheless, we found a nice spot in a wind-swept portion of a side road, and set up our tripods. The temperature was 30 degrees, but the wind made it seem much colder.
After several short shots to test our system, we decided to set up the cameras for long exposures and see if, somehow, the clouds cleared and we could see more stars. Doug and I pressed our respective shutters, retreated to Big Red, covered ourselves with a snuggly down comforter, and snoozed while the cameras worked. The accompanying photograph stood out as the best of the few images I managed from the evening.
What makes it special to me is the layers represented. At the top, lingering clouds set the scene. In the middle, stars wheel over the scene. In the distance, red star-shaped lights are from warning signals on top of wind turbines, and white lights are from oil operations in the area. In the foreground, snow-covered prairie marches into the distance. If you are interested in this photo, go to the Products page of my site for this image.