Like the hands of time, celestial objects to the south appear to rotate across the sky - too slow for the unaided eye to see. In this case, the star trails of a long exposure capture contrast with the details of the milky way in a shorter exposure. This composite image was taken from Crystal Lake on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado.
I haven't done much in the way of star trails in quite awhile but when I saw how the stars reflected above and below Red Mountain with that gentle southern rotation, I knew I was onto something really special. So I figured I'd include some of that rotation as a component of the final image. I hope you like the results!