Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Milky Way Above Ralph's Getaway

Milky Way Above Ralph's Getaway

A man named Ralph lived in Chula Vista, California and he'd come out to Ocotillo* for a getaway, Ralph loved Jack Daniels and Lucky Strikes, he used to explore the desert with friends and talk for hours. The tower seen here was used for a well. This property has been abandoned for some time now, but fortunately the property hasn't been vandalized much. Only Mother Nature is slowly causing the structures to decay. It was an epic night for shooting the Milky Way - humidity was extremely low, the air was clear, and - with the exception of a few clouds here and there, the sky was otherwise quite clear.

Shot with a Canon 6D and Sigma 15mm EX DG lens at 25 sec f/2.8 ISO 4000.

*Ocotillo (not to be confused with Ocotillo Wells - which is further north) is a small desert town east of San Diego and about 7½ miles north of the Mexican border.