The Milky Way Galaxy Exploding from Mount Rainier

Photographed at Sunrise Point in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, October 6, 2012 The photographer captured this image of the Milky Way rising up from behind Mount Rainier with a Nikon D800. “The stars almost looked as though they were erupting from the mountain and I knew this was a moment in time that I had to capture,” Morrow says.

Smithsonian magazine's 2012 photo contest attracted more than 37,600 submissions. Those images have been whittled down to 50 finalists in the natural world, people, travel, Americana and altered images categories.


An Onlooker Witnesses the Annular Solar Eclipse as the Sun Sets on May 20, 2012:

The photographer captures a person framed by the annular solar eclipse, watching as the sun sets.