(Photo credit: Fred Mertz, Stars and Bristlecone Pine)

Massive star fields are an excellent reminder that we are very small. They also warrant a tip of the hat to the photographer – Fred Mertz – who stood patiently in the absolute pitch black to record these celestial bodies.

Mertz writes:

Having the good fortune to call the San Francisco Bay Area home and with it’s proximity to the Sierra, the great deserts, and the coastline, as a photographer, I am offered a magnificent opportunity to capture the diverse natural beauty of California through my lens.

Head over to www.fredmertzphotography.com to see more of Fred’s work