A Meteor Shower Over Joshua Tree, Captured in Stunning Time-Lapse Video

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

In Ascendance, nature photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee documents the Perseid meteor shower at its peak in August, before a backdrop of Joshua Tree National Park and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. It's worth watching the video full screen to appreciate the crisp cinematography and magical details -- rainbows, stars, and more. 

Lee described how he got into photography in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel when we first featured his work, a time-lapse portrait of the American southwest:

As someone who also grew up in the cities, I first started going out in nature simply to reconnect for myself. Being out there made me realize how much I was missing in my life. In the wilderness there is nothing between you and the stars. Trying to grasp the infinite is an inspiring, as well as a humbling experience. Seeing in person how nature works helped me also to better understand myself.

I started taking pictures of my journeys and sharing them with friends and my patients. They were amazed at what's out there, as well as what they saw as my eye for the aesthetic. This was around the time that video started coming packaged with still cameras so I started experimenting with video as well. My first video was a really amateur attempt. It is still online so you can see my progression from then to now.

For more work by Henry Jun Wah Lee, visit http://www.evosiastudios.com/.

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