To capture the Milky Way during the April new moon, I returned to the Valley of the Gods in southeastern Utah.
My return to Utah for this lunar cycle was primarily determined by the weather. Storms were taking place in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota, while clear skies were predicted further south.
To see more photos from this trip, please visit the Valley of the Gods 2018-04 location gallery here. Click on any image below to see a larger version.
During the day, the Valley of the Gods contains an impressive collection of 1000-foot buttes and free-standing spires.
After dark, the Valley has relatively dark skies that allow the stars to steal the show.
Although the Valley is a primitive location with no water or facilities, it compensates for these inconveniences with interesting geology, solitude, and bright, clear skies. To see more photos from this trip, please visit the Valley of the Gods 2018-04 location gallery here.
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