East and West Spanish Peaks and the swirl of stars above were barely visible to the naked eye on this late night drive into southern Colorado. But a stop and a long-exposure can reveal all of the hidden beauty. Looking for some dark skies and a great view of the Milky Way, Jon Blake, David Kingham, and I headed down for a good old late-night photo-drive.

This two-exposure, composite image shows the colorful center of the Milky Way above East and West Spanish Peaks. It was taken without any moonlight in the dark skies west of Walsenburg, Colorado.

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