14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A clear, dark night revealed the Milky Way our galactic home.

My mother's death last year led me to spend some time thinking about my life. A week later I photographed the night sky, something I like to do on clear, dark nights. As I processed the photo, I realized that my mother's Greek name, "Ourania," translates to sky or heaven. I call this picture "Hello Mom!"

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: East Marion, New York, United States of America
Copyright: © Bill Stamatis