Photograph of the week: The Milky Way over Delicate Arch, Utah

The Milky Way rises over Delicate Arch, an 80-feet tall, free-standing sandstone arch in Arches National Park, Utah. The most widely recognised of the park’s 2,000 arches, Delicate Arch has become the unofficial symbol of Utah, appearing on the state’s license plates and reproduced in countless publications. Unfortunately, such an iconic landmark is bound to attract large crowds so, despite a three mile round trip hike from the parking lot, it is often packed with visitors, especially at dusk when the arch glows with a fiery ocher. As soon as the sun has set, however, the crowds melt away and peace reigns once more under the stars. Just remember to pack a good torch for the hike back!

Delicate Arch and the Milky Way.

Thank you to Jon Hicks of Jon Hicks Photography for permission to reproduce the image.

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Comments (3)

  1. Jordan says:

    Absolutely beautiful picture! It’s such a wonder what you can see in the night sky while away from big city lights. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Wow, that’s a stunning photo and it must have taken some work to light the arch like that. Kudos! I’d love to know what kind of ISO setting you use to shoot at night. I tend to keep it low but that leads to star trails.

  3. Leanne says:

    What a truly incredible view of the milky way. Lovely photo capture, thank you for sharing this wonderful moment.

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