In the White mountains of California, an ancient bristlecone pine stands before the Milky Way as a meteor streaks through the night sky. The pine is the middle tree in the picture.
The red glow on the tree in the foreground is serendipitous, created unintentionally as the photographer, Tom Lowe, set up his equipment. It’s an accident that paid off: this picture won the Earth and Space category of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 competition, and was announced overall winner, too.
(Image: Tom Lowe)