Sunset to Milky Way Time-lapse by Dennis Bernhard

I wanted to do a time-lapse like this for a long time. I found the perfect day (that turned out not so perfect) and headed to Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to capture this. 

I spent 6 hours, battled fog and condensation on the lens, to get this time-lapse. It's not perfect but I really like how it turned out. 

Have you been to Clingmans Dome before? What's your favorite part?

- Dennis 

Lone Star by Dennis Bernhard

Lone Star

Right before I packed up and left this spot, this lone star (maybe it's a planet or something else, I don't really know) in the sky caught my eye. I was intrigued by the bright light in the sky over the fading sunset and thought it would make an interesting vertical shot. 

- Dennis


Monroe Station Burns Down by Dennis Bernhard

Monroe Station, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

This is Monroe Station. It's one of my favorite photos I've ever taken. Monroe Station was built in the 20's, served as one of the first gas stations on the Tamiami Trail, a sheriff's outpost and in 2005 was named a national historical site. 

Tragically it was burned to the ground on April 9th after an idiot climbed on the roof and attempted to light paint (lighting steel wool on fire and spinning it) while his friends took photos below. 

It's strange to feel sadness for a building that I've only been to a few times in my life. But sitting in the dark in front of this place on a cold January night, looking up at the stars will be a memory I'll keep with me forever.

Have you ever been to Monroe Station? What's your memory of it? 

- Dennis