The Milky Way as seen from within the rock formations at the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, about 30 miles east of Colorado Springs. I took this photo using a Canon 70D DSLR camera a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens. This image consists of two exposures, one long exposure for the Milky Way itself, and a second, light painted shot of the rock formations. 

The fall Milky Way as seen from within the rock formations at Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. This image is a composite of two photos taken with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens, one of the the Milky Way and a second, light painted shot of the foreground. 

The Milky Way rising above the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. This was my first successful attempt at light painting, back in 2015. This is a composite image made from two exposures, one for the Milky Way and a second for the foreground. The rocks in the foreground were light painted with a flashlight to illuminate them and add interest to the image. The Paint Mines Open Space is a wonderful spot in eastern Colorado that's perfect for hiking in the daytime and astrophotography at night.

A photo of an Orionid meteor and the winter Milky Way taken at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, Colorado, October, 2017. We saw 15 meteors over the course of two hours that not, but I only managed to capture one on camera. The sky was filled with airglow, too, which you can plainly see above the horizon in this photo. I took this photo with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens.

A self-portrait from within the rock formations at the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, taken with a Canon 70D and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens.

The winter Milky Way above the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. This is a composite of two photos taken with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens, one light painted exposure for the foreground and a second for the sky.

The Milky Way stretching across the sky from a cattle farm in eastern Colorado. We stepped in more than a few cow patties and might have trespassed a little to get this shot. Taken with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens.

This photo shows the Milky Way framed by beautiful, multicolored rock formations in the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. This photo is a composite of two photos, one exposed for the Milky Way and a second for the foreground. The rock formations were illuminated with a flashlight to highlight their distinctive colors. The Paint Mines is my favorite place for astronomy and astrophotography near Colorado Springs. Taken with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens.