Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, ISO 1600, 15 seconds, f2.8, Rokinon 24 mm prime
While camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park over the Fourth of July weekend, my husband and I spotted huge afternoon thunderclouds building up to the east, and decided it was a great idea to hike up the Cinder Cone for sunset. Well, the sunset was indeed gorgeous but we greatly underestimated the amount of time it takes two old farts to hike up a 45 degree angle of loose sand and volcanic rock with heavy camera gear on our backs, and we missed the sunset from our planned location at the top of the Cinder Cone after all. But we completed the hike anyway and after popping an ice cold Truly at the top, decided to watch the Milky Way appear over Snag Lake and the distant volcanic peaks. Although it was too dark to capture the painted hills at the base of the Cinder Cone as planned, one of the twisted trees that survives at the top made for a nice foreground element to the incredible night skies found at Lassen.