Milky Way over Mount Rainier

Iconic Mount Rainier in the U.S. state of Washington, with a glorious summer Milky Way above. The light strings on the mountain are climbers!

Milky Way over Mount Rainier, a 14,410-foot (4,392-meter) mountain in the U.S. state of Washington. Photo by Gary Peltz of Seattle.

Gary Peltz captured the image above at around 2 a.m. on July 29, 2017. The lights in the sky are stars, of course, but Gary said the lights strings on the mountain are from climbers (“More than I’ve ever seen! Over 50 of them I’d guess”) who mostly start their trek up the mountain around midnight. That way, he explained, they get back down before the surface warms up too much and the ice turns slushy, making it hard to maneuver. Gary also provided these details about his photo:

Equipment Details:
Nikon D810
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8

Post-processing Details:
10 exposures each at:
10 seconds
ISO 12,800
Stacked in Photoshop CC 2017, final edit in Lightroom 6.1

The U.S. National Park Service provided more details about Mount Rainier:

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers.

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Deborah Byrd