“Inspired by the Light…”

It is September and time, again, to honor all teachers and students beginning a new school year.  As a former middle school teacher, I know that each new year brings challenges and also hopes and aspirations for the potential of the children nurtured by a teacher’s tender care.

This September also marks the re-opening of  Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  Children are returning to a new school designed with extreme safety and security measures to protect them.  As I photographed the Milky Way ,  I could not help being moved emotionally by the light, the stars as well as the vastness of the Milky Way in the sky.  In the moments of capturing these images, I thought of the principal, teachers and children of  the Sandy Hook Elementary School who lost their lives during the horrific December shooting.  I could feel them looking down on us all and sharing the essence of their soul consciousness  through the light and galaxy of stars.  I cannot help but believe that their collective soul essence will also protect the current children of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in their new environment- as light always overtakes darkness.   And, the night sky always helps us to remember this special loving soul family…  They will never be forgotten as their Spirits are timeless and will always inspire the hopes, aspirations and all that is good for the future of humanity.


These images of the Milky Way were taken at Rock Cut in Rocky Mountain National Park.  They were 30 second exposures at ISO 6400.  The golden sunset light at the horizon creates a special spiritual vibrance conveyed by these images.  The featured image has golden light highlighting “Longs Peak” – the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park – over 14,000 feet high.  The experience of photographing these images was indeed heavenly on many levels.



  1. What a stunning series. Soothing to the soul. Thank you. Scars on our hearts -A friend teacher at Sandy Hook retired after the shooting, my cousin (Dr) worked to save his colleague who died after being shot in a Boston hospital, I still awake at times with a tight heart/throat recalling the brutal murder of student’s mother 7 years ago- my student was injured with the machete but played dead and survived, another student was a participant in the atrocity. The sadness is so great- a school, a hospital (sometimes a church) where we grew up thinking these were safe places. Thank you for your comments and reminder to dip into the great vastness that you so elegantly capture of stunning Colorado. Bless you.

    • I am humbled by your comments, Susan. Your phrase “scars on our hearts” is so appropriate. I ache for Sandy Hook; I ached for your connections with seemingly senseless tragedy. Yet, we are here for a reason and we need to honor the light and goodness that does exist. Thank you so much for your beautiful and heart-felt comment. I am honored.

    • Hi Jeanne – since you are such a great artist, I am highly complemented by your beautiful comment. Thank you! Thank you!

  2. Veronika…Thank you for the beautiful Milky Way photos and the uplifting words about Sandy Hook and the collective spirit of light. What an incredible experience!

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I am always striving to have my photography provide inspiration in some way. Thank you for speaking from your heart and recognizing the spirit of love that I was attempting to convey. I hope that you are well and hope that someday our paths will cross again.

  3. These are so different! I love them-very humbling to imagine what a small part of the universe we are~

    • A beautiful comment, Moira. Yes, it is humbling to realize that we are such a small part of the universe and also that we can make a difference in this world, too!

  4. Your photos are gorgeous…thanks for sharing these incredible photos…I think of you every year at archery time..

    • Great to hear from you! Yes, I still miss teaching and loved teaching the Archery Unit.

  5. Veronika,
    Once again we are in awe of your beautiful photographs . You capture the tiny details of the Milky Way so that it seems to dazzle above the setting sun’s light…. Just spectacular.
    You have combined the photos with a very compassionate and heartfelt message for all . You surely were inspired by the light and those who view your photos will be too.
    Your love of nature is so captured in your work. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Love, J & B xxoo

    • I am honored by your words. Photography is my passion and if I am able to capture its soul essence, beauty and magic, I am indeed blessed.

    • I love your comments and your email. I especially loved your email comment: “You just keep going deeper and deeper into the soul of the planet.” I may have to use that phrase with one of my posts. Thank you so much, Julie!

    • Thank you for always appreciating my work.

  6. Veronika, these pictures of the Milky Way are stunning. Thank you for sharing them!

    • Gosh – it is great to hear from you. I am thrilled that you love the Milky Way photography. I hope that life is good and I really miss you and Mr. Dash.

  7. Your photography just soars!! Great job getting out there and keeping going. Keith and I still photography a little, but are full time parents at this point in life – looking forward to doing more in the future! Keep shooting! I loved your tribute to schools and Sandy Hook in particular. Beautiful image to put with it. I enjoy checking in on your photography now and then. Keep the spirit!

    Sure enjoyed meeting and photographing with you in Crested Butte so many years ago 🙂

    • Oh my word – it so awesome to hear from you again. Yes, we have great memories of photographing together and I wish that we could do so again. However, I know that parenting is a full-time job.

    • Yes, I am very proud of this image – very spiritual to me.

  8. Absolutely stunning. As a teacher, as you know, you never forget the special bond you had with your students. Those precious students still live in the hearts of all of us and still shine in the brightest stars of the universe. Thank you for your beautiful comments and your thoughts remembering those we lost. Blessings, Judy

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