August 2016: Outback Stars

The trip in to the outback was also an excuse to get out late at night and take some astro photography.  The dark skies and no city lights provides the most amazing skies - As John Williams sings - "A chandelier of stars"

The first image was extremely lucky getting a shooting star in the exact right location above the tree.  This is shot on a bridge over the Ballone River near St George in Central Queensland which we camped by. 

While we spent most of the trip trying to escape the rain, this night we had a short window of clear skies and no wind creating the amazing reflection in the river.

This old house is located in Windorah on the way to Birdsville.  I was luck to have about 30 minutes of clear sky before the storms began to roll in.  The building was lit by the street lights opposite giving this image some great clarity and colour.

This is probably my favourite photos from the trip.  Taken in the opal fields in NSW near Glengarry the old car wrecks provide a great foreground to the stars above.  for this one click on the image to view a larger image.

These are a couple more of the classic mining trucks that are littered around the opal fields.

It is interesting what else you find out here

This is a shot of one of the old miners shacks.

It does not get much better than this camping out under the stars.