Rain puddle, Milky Way, in Arches National Park

A high rock formation and rare rain puddle in the desert near Moab, Utah beneath the grandeur of the Milky Way.

Mike Taylor captured this photo. He wrote:

A rare puddle from an afternoon shower makes for nice reflections along the walkway to Turret Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The moon came up as a sliver behind me and offered just the right amount of illumination on the arch and the foreground at 4 a.m. The light pollution on the horizon below the Milky Way is coming from the town of Moab. This image is a as single exposure that was processed through Lightroom 5 twice – once for the foreground and once for the sky – and blended through Photoshop CS5.

Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 14mm

f/2.8 – 30 secs – ISO 4000 – WB Kelvin 3570

Thank you, Mike!

Deborah Byrd