"Perspective," Jackson Hole Valley and the Gros Ventre Range, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Green from a strong, vivid Aurora Borealis display fills the night sky as the Milky Way rises over Jackson Hole Valley in Grand Teton National Park and the Gros Ventre Range in the distance. Photography is all a matter of perspective. Growing up, I wanted to explore the stars and the Universe. As I grew older, I realize exploring earth would have to do. Even though earth seems so vast and large, it's all a matter of perspective really. I wanted to photograph something which captured this and put our place in the galaxy in perspective. So, during a strong solar storm, I decided to shoot across Jackson Hole Valley towards the Gros Ventre Range. The tallest peaks of this range top out at 11,700 feet but the distance and vast expanse of the night sky would render these tall mountains just a small blip below the Milky Way core and the clouds above. To me, this really puts our place in the Universe in perspective. The Rocky mountains are filled with some of the tallest peaks in the lower 48, but they pale in comparison to the vast expanse of the Universe.