A photography duo captured an intense scene from Snoqualmie Pass with Mount Rainier, the Milky Way, and what appears to be Washington wildfires burning in the distance.
Snapped during a recent road trip to northern Washington, the photo — viewed more than 2 million times on Imgur — shows the glow from wildfires on the upper left side, according to the photographers.
According to the Imgur post, the photo was taken while one of the photographers pulled over for a place to sleep, when he found the "epic vantage point above Snoqualmie Pass."
"To expose the dark mountains in the foreground I took a 4 minute exposure (camera was on a tripod). I changed the settings on my camera to make it very sensitive to light thus it will pick up the faintest traces of light off in the distance over that four minute exposure period. This can make the faint glow of a city, forest fire, plane, stars, and even planets very intense! You can certainly see all this stuff with your naked eye out there, just not quite as vivid as you are sensory blind to many things that are actually going on due to the darkness. That's why the light coming from Seattle (quite far away actually) seems so overpowering in the right corner. The white glow on the left is car headlights reflecting off fire smoke that had settled into the valley during the cooler night air," the caption said.
Fires continue to burn out of control in Washington. As of Tuesday, more than 680,000 acres had been scorched across the state. Click here for more wildfire photos.
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