Gazing down on the Creston Valley under a star filled sky time seemed to stand still. I wanted to photograph the Milky Way over the Kootenay River valley. However, forestry burning had filled the valley with smoke and I feared it would ruin the image. But like so many things in life, the opposite happened. The smoke transformed the valley lights into an ethereal scene. It beyond what I had hoped to capture and enhanced the magical feeling of being part of the universe itself.