20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
fog and stars

I was visiting my parents, they live in rural Missouri just outside a small town. As the sun set, a thick low fog formed. The house windows were wet from the fog, I looked out as I was going to bed and saw a bright stripe where the Milky Way should be. Ordinarily, the Milky Way isn't visible here but the fog blocked the loom from town. So, I crept around in the dark to gather my gear and not wake everyone, then went out to see. There was a storm on the horizon flashing lightning, thick low fog and bright Milky Way- some of the strangest conditions I've seen. As I looked for compositions, I found the neighbor's pole light lighting the trees and making light rays through the fog. The storm clouds are just visible on the left.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: mo, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Gerri Whitley