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cradle mountain night photography

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake at night

There is nothing quite like Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake on a clear night. It doesn’t happen too often but sometimes “the stars align” (pardon the pun) and you have a night like this one…

Milky Way at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

The Milky Way captured from Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

These shots are from August 2019. The image above shows the Milky Way in the western sky. The biggest white “star” is Jupiter, and the Southern Cross is on the far left of the image.

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake night photography

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake at night

The images above and below are the “classic” view of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake together. The reflections were stunning.

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake night photography

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake night photography

I also lined up a shot just of the milky Way, stretching diagonally through the frame. It really was a great night for it 🙂

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

By the way, the orange glow is airglow – something I wrote about a little while ago. I would have loved an aurora this evening but alas…

night sky photography cradle mountain and dove lake

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake at night

On the subject of auroras, it would seem the new solar cycle is starting to kick in. The last few years has been what is known as solar minimum, where solar activity such as sunspots and solar flares is at a, well, minimum. The last couple of months of 2020 saw a significant upturn in sunspot activity and indeed a few flares so fingers crossed the aurora returns – perhaps in time for my round of autumn photography workshops!

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.