Star trails look larger than life among the sculptures of a grasshopper and scorpion.
Astrophotographer Adam Gordon took the image at California's Anza Borrego Desert State Park on the night of Sept. 30, 2016. The insects are part of a collection of 130 full-sized metal sculptures by artist Ricardo Breceda.
Long exposure times can create star trails in a night sky image. The stars appear as if they are leaving trails behind them as they trace a path across the night sky. The stars appear to move because of the rotation of the Earth.
Taking a 10-second exposure and light painting the scorpion and the grasshopper with a flashlight created the foreground shot. As clouds came in later that night, Gordon decreased the images to be stacked from 700 to 400 and ended up with approximately a 4-hour star trail photo.
"This was my third time ever shooting star trails!" he added.
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