Living up in the mountains just outside Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs, we're usually blessed with better, clearer night skies than is afforded to those living down in town. Still, we are still close to the city, and light pollution is thus usually still a factor; enough that I'm not usually doing a bunch of night photography at my house. Thanks to Old Man Winter, though, the colder temps the last week or so have resulted in some clearer-than-normal night skies, allowing me to catch some real beauties right from my house. The picture above I took a couple days before New Year's from the road in front of our house, just up a little ways from our driveway; and the image below I took just last night, right off our deck. I like the one above for how well you can see some of the key stars/constellations (like most of Orion, Bellatrix, etc.), and the one below (which also has much of Orion in it) I like because of the added beauty of the snow-covered mountain, as it had just snowed the day prior. I'm pretty lucky to have such beauty right outside my door. I love Colorado!