The Milky Way arches across a bend in the Murrumbidgee River with Mars glowing in the centre.
Discovering locations to photograph the Milky Way is the fun and rewarding aspect of astrophotography. We search for landscapes that are new to create a photograph that havn't been captured before.
At the beginning of the night the Milky Way aligned between the river in a unique position reflecting off the water. It was a beautiful sight to see at this dark sky location, one that I've chased until now.
The water level was low and I was able to walk onto the sand bed in the middle of the river. The river trickled slowly by and I set up closely on the edge. The water was crystal clear I could see the sandy bottom below.
I spent many hours photographing from the sand bed adn the Milky Way was now much higher in the sky. This is when it is best for panoramas to showcase the full arch. Other notable celestial objects in this image include the Southern Cross, Eta Carina Nebula, Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex and Mars to name a few which stand out. Theres much more in this image.
It was a memorable night as all elements aligned to capture this 180 degree panorama.
Now, the Murrumbidgee River has more water flowing and the sand bed is submerged. I captured this landscape when this composition was possible and I am happy the river has had the much needed rain to restore the flow back.