25 April 2014 at 17:07:12 MDT
The brightest spot in this photograph is actually the eclipsed moon, as seen at 1:26am local Mountain Time on April 15, 2014, photographed in a high mountain pass near Bailey Colorado. To see the moon by itself, in a completely un-retouched/unaltered photo (except for cropping to cut down on all the extra black space) - just a couple minutes earlier, open this image: http://bylagarto.com/images/60D-2014-04-15-67-crop.jpg
The moon fully eclipsed, but I needed to get home. We drove from 4 Corners Monument starting around 4pm, and arrived home in Denver at 2:45am!
Technical details: the pincushion distortion (bent trees, lower right) is caused by the 10mm lens I used to make this image. That lens, though, allows view of amazing sky width. The close shot of the moon in the reference pic (linked above), was taken at 200mm with a different lens, and a much shorter exposure time. The bright light over the mountain in the lower left is light pollution from the Denver metropolitan area, seen to the east of this location.