Seeking Venus under the Spitzkoppe arch

Seeking Venus under the Spitzkoppe arch

Seeking Venus under the Spitzkoppe arch

There are not so many places in the world, where you can feel so small and nugatory in compassion to the nature around you, but also such grateful to the world to be the part of a moment in this beautiful natural spot. With no doubt, one of those places is the Spitzkoppe national park in Namibia. Many rounded rocky structures in the large park and no big city so far around make this place absolutely amazing for gazing the stars. As for that, I spent a night time under tempting arch with only reason – to seek the morning „beauty“ planet Venus. Brightest morning object of 23rd September 2015 was such bright in the dark nature, that it wasn’t a big problem to see my own shadow produced by the shine of the planet. Except that, just over the rocky bridge there was tensed the winter Milky Way with bright purple emission nebulae of Vela or Orion. The Magellanic clouds, two isolated starry islands, were majestic addition to the whole view… Used Canon 6D IR Baader Mod, Samyang 24 mm, f2.0, ISO 10000, 40×15 sec. stitched panorama; for Venus used spikes filter. I would like to thank to Safra-Go company for realizing this photographic trip!