Wonder Lies Sleeping 'Neath a Mantle of Light by Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes

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Looking south to Wollongong from Garie Cliffs in Royal National Park. Royal lies sandwiched between Wollongong and Sydney. Because of the light from both cities this shot of the Milky Way has but a fraction of the actual stars visible and less than 1% of this would be visible within the cities.
Makes for a pretty picture but where does wonder go when the light blocks out the stars? The night sky is the only time we ever get to see the infinite. What happens to us when we lose that?
Tv 30s
Av f3.5
ISO 3200
FL 10mm


astronomy, city, dark, infinite, landscape, light, milkyway, night, nightscape, royal, sky, stars, wonder


  • Sarah Moore
    Sarah Mooreover 6 years ago

    I grew up in the country and one of my best memories is of my dad and i taking a blanket out into a paddock as far from any lights as possible lying down on our back and looking up at the stars. It was incredible watching them all appear as your eyes adjusted….magical. Thanks for shring this with us Geoff!

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinover 6 years ago

    This is a breathtaking image in and of itself Geoff… but your words have made me stop and think. The night sky has always captivated me and now that I find myself lucky enough to live away from any major city, I can fully appreciate its magnitude. I have a ritual where I step out onto my balcony each night to say goodnight to the stars. To quote a famous spaceman…

    “To infinity… and beyond”

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...over 6 years ago

    Whoa you guys are quick off the mark!
    Sarah – what a beautiful story and a brilliant memory to have of your father – talk about showing your kids what’s important. And I love the way that the longer you spend out there the more stars you see as your eyes adjust – one of the most magic transitions I think.
    Rhana – thank you my friend – yes I try and do the same thing but I bet you get to see way more than I in Tassie! The night sky is one of the main reasons I don’t think I could ever go back to living in a city. Love the quote – brilliant!

  • Douzy
    Douzyover 6 years ago

    First of all thanks for sharing these pictures that we don’t get to see us mere city dwelling mortals. It’s great to feel like “we were there” (although I can easily imagine it would be 100 times better to actually be there surrounded by nature and darkness as opposed to my work desk right now lol). I like how the milky way is lit up by the light below, it give it a "stage’ effect. Love this piece.

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...over 6 years ago

    “steller” shot Geoff…lol…..ahem….
    I too grew up in the country where, on a moonless clear summers night, you could still see your war around in the dark by the light of the stars themselves.

    Now I live in the city where, if the lights go out….you get mugged.

    Congrats on a brilliant thought provoking image.

  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...over 6 years ago

    war = way

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    Great work, well done!

  • Jacq Wilson
    Jacq Wilsonover 6 years ago

    This is incredible………………..I don’t think I have ever seen stars like this…….magical!!

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...over 6 years ago

    Douzy – thanks, glad you like it – it was rather fortuitous that the Milky Way lined up so nicely with the halo from the city.
    Michael – I can certainly believe that – I’ve been in some beautifully starlit landscapes myself. And it’s always useful being able to see a “war round” lol. Don’t you hate how you can’t amend comments in RB?
    Antanas – thanks
    jacq – thanks for your lovely comment

  • Lindsay Knowles
    Lindsay Knowlesover 6 years ago

    Love it Geoff. Well done

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