Milky Way Galaxy Arch Over Pine Forest In Mount Laguna
The Milky Way galaxy forms an arch over a nice forest of pine trees up in Mount Laguna, California.
I produced this panorama from 11 frames each shot at 15 sec f/2.8 ISO 4000 with a Canon 6D and my trusty Sigma 15mm EX DG lens. I softly illuminated the fallen tree using the screen on my phone. These frames were taken about 40 minutes before moonrise on Saturday June 22, 2019. As with the photo from here I posted the other day, I went with Kamala Venkatesh. Weather conditions were perfect - no wind, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures.
Mount Laguna is a small census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. It is approximately 6000 ft above sea level in a forest of Jeffrey pine, east of San Diego in the Laguna Mountains on the eastern edge of the Cleveland National Forest (named after former president Grover Cleveland). The hamlet sits at the high point of a scenic drive on Sunrise Highway from Interstate 8 to Highway 79. Mount Laguna consists of a small general store, rustic lodge and cabins, local restaurant, rural post office, and campgrounds adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail. The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area surrounds the village, and the visitor's center for the pine-covered area is located here. The mountain backcountry of San Diego County is high enough to receive snowfall in winter months, and the Mount Laguna region offers locally-unique winter recreation in the form of snow play, sledding, and cross country skiing for several days after larger storms.