What Happens When a Film Artist Marries a Eureka Landmark With SoHum’s Sky?

Photographer David Wilson blended a photo of the famous Carson House in Eureka with timelapse of the Perseid Meteor Shower he captured in Southern Humboldt. “It is a composite, just to be clear,” he explained. “The Milky Way wasnโ€™t really back there…Then just the other day I got the bug to combine them.”

So…not science, not news, but very much art in our opinion.

Other timelapse trips by David Wilson:



  • Mr. Wilson I really enjoyed your Timelapse photos. They are so cool. I especially liked the Summer Stars. Oh, to lay out under something like that. It was beautiful. I bow to you and Kym.

  • Lucky Amatur 2.0

  • Super cool!! I miss laying on the lawn at night starring up at the stars,used to pick out everything in the sky.๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ›

  • Awesome professional combo piece!

  • Milky way! Billion stars in our galaxy alone. A huge black hole at the center of our galaxy. Glad we are by the edge. mind boggling that there are more stars in the universe than all the grains of sand on all the beeches and all the deserts combined on Earth. Crazy! Carter house deserves props too.

  • Thanks.

  • Here is the timelapse of the Perseid Meteor shower by itself that I used as the sky behind the Carson House (maybe I should’ve called it “Mansion”?) :

    The timelapse video is from this summer, August 12, 2017. In it, the Milky Way starfield slowly marches by while Perseid meteors burst out of the sky above a Southern Humboldt, California skyline. Satellites can be seen moseying through, and airplanes zipping by. Most meteors are visible in the first half.
    Watch Saturn, in the lower right of the Milky Way, briefly glow more brightly at about 3 seconds into the video after the title fades. I don’t know why it did that. Perhaps a meteor entered the atmosphere right there and, rather than streaking laterally, headed straight toward my spot?

    The Moon, 65% full, rose to the left toward the end, brightening the sky and shining on the hills in the distance. It’s not the sunrise.

  • What is ‘Film’??

  • Oh…Analog Photography Recording Media…Should Have Know That.

    • Well, the Carson Mansion is a single digital photo from my DSLR. The timelapse was also captured on my digital SLR, one frame at a time*. So it’s not technically “film,” but neither do we actually “roll up” the windows in the car. But there it is. We say it.

      * The timelapse portion comprises 473 individual photographs, played back here at 24 frames per second. I began the sequence at 10:03PM and ended at 12:49 AM.

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