Bridge Beneath the Arch of the Milky Way

The South Fork Bridge, or Dyerville Train Trestle, of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, crosses the North Fork Eel River beneath the Milky Way, just north of the confluence with the South Fork Eel River. Humboldt County, California. [Image by David Wilson]

The South Fork Bridge, or Dyerville Train Trestle, of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, crosses the North Fork Eel River beneath the Milky Way, just north of the confluence with the South Fork Eel River. Humboldt County, California. [Image by David Wilson]

The glittering night skies of Humboldt arch over the Dyerville Train Trestle near Founders Grove. Photographer David Wilson has been trying to capture this image but has been partially foiled by clouds (though the results have not exactly been disappointing as seen in this earlier post.)

Two nights ago though he managed to get the spectacular image he’s been working towards and he’s shared it with us.

Hopefully, we’ve tempted you to go explore beneath the Emerald Triangle’s gorgeous skies.

Please keep in mind that Wilson’s photos are not always strict photo representations but can be images edited for artistic purposes. You can view more of Wilson’s work at http://mindscapefx.com/]

Earlier Chapter: Night Lights of the North Coast: Bridge Beauty

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19 comments

  • Regardless it’s beautiful. Something I could stare at all day and see something different in it.

  • Thanks, Gypsy Rose 🙂

    The bright star beneath the bridge is the planet Mars, and the bright star just above the dark horizon on the far right is the star Antares. Saturn is directly to the left of Antares, in the left edge of the orange part of the Milky Way. The orange area of the Milky Way is the Galactic Core of our galaxy (which seems deserving of capitals to me).

    The panorama was stitched together from 4 vertical photos, and illuminated by flashlight.

    • Alt Right For Life

      Awe inspiring..

    • RedWouldForrest

      David: Thanks for the guided tour of the stars! Your response has greatly enhanced my experience of interpreting and appreciating your work.

      And by the way – amazing stitching job. I wish I could afford the software that can achieve such a seamless stitch – but even if I could, I’m quite sure I could not achieve ANYWHERE NEAR the results you have, and consistently do. My hat is off to you, your skills, and your eye for the perfect image, and I look forward to seeing your future work displayed here at RHBB in the near future.

      • Thank you. And you are very welcome. Mars was a total bonus. I hadn’t known it was going to be there, but when my friend and I saw it bright on the horizon I checked with my SkyGuide app, and that’s what it was. In a timely email this morning from a CR colleague, Astronomy professor Jon Pedicino, Mars is very close to its closest approach to Earth since 2003, when it was closer than it had been in 60,00 years!

        Here is an 8 x 10 glossy with circles and arrows, and a paragraph on the back explaining what each one is (except you can’t see the back) (and also I’m only kidding, it’s an Alice’s Restaurant reference).

        But it’ll help. I should really circle some more.
        Somewhere, Under a Rainbow….

        • RedWouldForrest

          (And we was fined $50, and had to pick up the garbage in the snow, but that’s not what I came to tell you about…)

          • RedWouldForrest

            By the way, have you shot anything of the northern Lost Coast from above (Capetown)? I would love to see your take on THAT scenery… Panoramic perfection.

            • Nothing arty from over there, but I agree that it’s a beautiful area and would be a great candidate. It’s good to have great places yet to go.

              I have done some stuff up on Monument Road and Bear River Ridge Road out of Rio Dell, and it ends up out in that area after connecting with the Mattole Road. But out of about five visits either pre-light of dawn, or long after dark, I only saw the stars briefly a couple of times; a nocturnal shroud of cloud, fog, or downright mist seems to run wild up there in the dark between daylight hours. But it’s not the coast… So no 🙂 .

    • David, any change you would share ISO, shutter speed, and F stop? Great shot.

  • Man that is incredible. Thanks.

  • If I was younger I would dance below it.

  • Drivin that train high on cocaine ,Casey Jones you better watch your speed

  • I hope the rail trail hurries up and gets built already because the view from that train trestle is amazing

  • Just curious David, with this picture and the ones from last week, are you using a tripod or hand held?

    • I do use a tripod for these, yes. A tripod is a must for all my nighttime images because the camera is taking a picture for 20 to 30 seconds for most of the photographs, and it has to remain perfectly still the whole time.

  • Thank you.

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