This book is the outcome of years spent wandering and pondering outdoors at night in the wilderness. It would not exist without the generous help and support of many kind, knowledgeable, and creative people along the way. They have shared and greatly contributed to my journey; venturing into wild places with me, and helping me understand so many aspects of astronomy, photography, nature, and life.

In particular, I’d like to thank the following people: my parents for instilling in me their love of nature, science, photography, and exploration, and my siblings—Jennifer, Peter and Steve—for their patience and expertise in photography, astronomy, and art; Scott Freeman, for his intrepid friendship through countless trail and off-trail ...

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