Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
The Milky Way Rocks!

The Milky Way Rocks!

The Milky Way between some sandstone rocks among the Wind Caves in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

I shot this image with my Canon 6D and Sigma 15mm EX DG lens at 15 sec f/2.8 ISO 3200. I illuminated the sandstone caves using a cheap LumeCube knockoff: NEEWER 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power LED Light. I positioned the light on a hill in the distance behind my camera.

The weather conditions were prefect for shooting this night - almost no wind, clear skies, and very low humidity.

"On the eastern edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies Split Mountain, the Carrizo Badlands, and a feature known as the Wind Caves. Here, the exposed sandstone of the marine beds from the five-million-year-old Imperial Formation have been slowly eroded by wind into fantastic shapes that evoke whimsical images of boats with portholes, spaceships, and even the fictional town of Bedrock, hometown of the prehistoric Flintstone family."[1]

1. San Diego Reader / The Canyoneers. Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to lead interpretive nature walks that teach appreciation for the great outdoors.