Milky Way passes behind a lone tree along the Chain of Craters.
Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i
5DMII, 24 1.4 II @ f2, 30 seconds, iso 1600, FG illumination provided by my headlamp (positioned about 100ft from the camera, perpendicular to the lens)
I noticed this tree during my first afternoon exploring the Chain of Craters and was determined to return during the night. The first night was misty and wet, but the 2nd night unexpectedly offered pristine, clear skies after a rain storm passed through after sunset. My initial goal was to shoot time-lapse, but I quickly realized that VNP offers infinite photo opportunities (couldn't commit to a single location for TL) and I was the only one on the roads that night. Visiting from the SE mainland-- plagued with light pollution--- VNP felt like a giant dark-sky playground enclosed by lava flows and new growth. For one night, I had the rare privilege to enjoy it all to myself (no active lava flows bringing tourists after dark). Thank you for your blessing, Pele.
Time-lapse Montage from this trip: