The Milky Way Over Redwoods

Elk Prairie Milky Way

Douglas-fir and coast redwood as the curtains, redwood forest as the stage.

Elk Prairie, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwood National and State Parks, California

Milky Way at Houda Point

Milky Way at Houda Point

It’s not too often, except for this summer it seems, that you can see the stars on the beach around here. The marine layer/stratus/ground fog/plain ol’ fog gets in the way most nights. Lucky for us, the haziness held off just long enough for the Milky Way to show. By the time we started to head back up the hillside, everything–including the dog, was covered in dew! Not good if you’re toting camera equipment around.

This is the Milky Way as you face south. Scorpius is to the right, including Antares, a red supergiant so large that, if it were our Sun, it would extend past Mars until almost Jupiter [in other words, we’d be toast!]. It is in the top 20 of brightest stars in our sky.

Milky Way Brownie Recipe

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~This is a rich brownie recipe modified with candy bars!~ 


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Milky Way candy bar, coarsely chopped
  • Cinnamon to your taste is optional, I use about 1 tablespoon
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Grease an 8 x 8 pan. 

    Cream eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Add butter and beat well.  Mix dry ingredients and add to wet mixture.  Pour mixture into pregreased pan.

    Melt Milky Way just slightly until soft.  Spoon on to mixture and with spoon or spatula, swirl into mixture until mostly submerged.  Make sure no white candy bar pieces are showing; they will brown and become hard!

    Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Done when toothpick comes clean out.  Enjoy!


    The Milky Way Swirls – you could probably make galaxy designs!

    Surface of the goodness!