The Heavens, Milky Way Panorama over The Labyrinth, Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

Milky Way Panorama photo over The Labyrinth, Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, entitled "The Heavens". Milky Way panorama photo from Pine Valley Hut in Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania. The milky way forms a perfect arc over the silhouette of Mt Gould, The Minotaur and The Parthenon.


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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 1:3-4)

It was my last night at Pine Valley, a short distance off of the Overland Track, just north of Lake St. Clair in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania. Each day I had risen before dawn and stayed out after twilight in the hopes of catching a magnificent sunrise or sunset over the striking silhouettes of Mt Gould, The Minotaur and The Parthenon, the mountains that keep watch over “The Labyrinth”. Each day I returned with nothing but a cloudless sky.

On the final night I decided I may as well stay out late and make the most of the cloudless sky and new moon and see if I could get a nice Milky Way shot with my Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. As the evening faded into twilight, I watched the Milky Way rise as a perfect arc over The Labyrinth’s jagged horizon. As the RAW photos appeared on my camera’s LCD screen, I shouted for joy, for they were so bright and beautiful!

This photo speaks for itself. All glory be to the God who created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them!!

I am so humbled and awestruck when I sit under the vast heavens out in the wilderness, pondering the greatness of the God who, “…determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” (Psalm 145:4-5).

It is through the splendor of Creation that we realize the glory and existence of the Creator.

“…what may be known about God is plain to them [people], because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)

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