You may be thinking, a blog entry about the Milky Way without a picture of the Milky Way? This picture, however, does represent a significant part of the process of capturing the Milky Way. First and foremost, it contains someone who has braved the cold and darkness, stayed up late, woke up early, drove many miles, and enjoyed the night sky with me; my wife Ashley. Without her support and help, Milky Way chasing would be a very different experience. Second, the shot also represents a key aspect of taking Milky Way photos; planning. As you may have guessed, this shot was taken in the middle of the day at a location on the outskirts of Big Meadows within Shenandoah National Park. Using my various planning apps, I had determined looking this way, at this set of trees would make a perfect foreground for a Milky Way time lapse video. This spot was also relatively further away from the normal stargazing crowds so we would not be bothered by other's flashlights. I had it all planned out. As full darkness took over at around 8:30pm later that night, the Milky Way would appear on the left half of the frame and travel across to the right side ending around 12:00am, all with this perfect set of 3 trees taking up space in the foreground. After sunset, me and Ashley headed back to this spot, set up my gear, and patiently waited until darkness took over to record the 3 hour time lapse. Our stay, however, was not long. As darkness began to fall, we were slowly surrounded by several deer wondering if we were a threat or not. Not wanting to find out what they wanted, me and Ashley quickly picked up our stuff and head back to our car. Luckily, we were able to find a different spot (closer to other stargazers) to record the time lapse which you can check out on my instagram feed.