Photographer Rowdy Winters captured this breathtaking moment while standing in the middle of the Rio Grande River at Big Bend National Park in Texas with Mexico 15 feet to his right. He pointed his camera up at the night sky and caught the brilliance of a shooting star and the Milky Way. The long exposure even allowed him to pick up the starlight reflecting in the water. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/14/16.
The Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona is the most biologically diverse of the North American deserts, and its namesake monument protects an extensive saguaro cactus forest that visitors can hike through to see classic desert vistas. Photo of the Milky Way shining above saguaro cacti by Bob Wick, BLM. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 6/13/16.
The Milky Way sparkles over Bubble Pond at Maine’s Acadia National Park. Photo by Evan Kokoska. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 5/16/16.