above, stars and clouds over the Tellico River Valley on 12-12-12 from Big Junction, NC
This photo is certainly the most popular one I ever put on the NG Instagram feed and a lot of people have asked me how I shot it.
I've wanted to shoot a time lapse sequence of stars moving over the North Carolina mountains for a long time but my time and the right weather haven't lined up the right way until this week. The generally cloudy, warm weather we've been having in the South was supposed to clear the night before the new moon. That combination of changing weather often leads to dramatic landscapes.