Summer Solstice Sun Dagger Hovenweep National Monument

Summer Solstice Sun Dagger at Hovenweep National Monument DanielMcVey-0293


Archaeo Astronomy in the American SouthWest.

June 28, 2015 – One week ago I was privileged to witness with my own eyes, up close, and with camera of course, the Summer Solstice Sun Dagger at Hovenweep National Monument. The Sun Dagger is a play of light and shadow that the Ancestral Puebloan or Anasazi people created circa 750 years ago in the Four Corner Region of the American Southwest on the border of Colorado and Utah.

DanielMcVey-0052The Petroglyph panel on which this Calendar is located is at the Holly Site at the canyon floor on a boulder and features 3 concentric circles or solstice markers. The play of 2 points of light crossing the solstice markers and meeting in the middle is created by a fragment of rock which had calved off the larger boulder. I needed to apply for a special use permit just to access the site which can be seen from the canyon wall but from a fair distance.

Understanding the Solstices and Equinoxes can be helpful in knowing when to plant and also for ceremonial planning.

DanielMcVey-0100At this particular site it is believed that the Ancestral Puebloan people probably observed this play of light and then etched the solstice markers on the panel. There is no evidence that any rocks were moved.

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Keystone Science School Astrophotography Mythology Astronomy Back Yard

Archaeo Astronomy

Navajo Astronomy * Summit County Nightscapes

Getting ready for another round of Summit County Nightscapes at the Keystone Stone Science School in Summit County, Colorado . Once again I will be sharing my images of the night-sky from mostly Summit County while I talk about the Sky as a Calendar, Worldwide Mythology, and Back-Yard Astronomy.

The presentation is only available to participants of the KSS Summer Day Camp Program for ages 5 to 11 years old and will happen from 3:30 to 4:30pm on June 26, 2015. There will also be a second program at 5pm also on June 26 for Family Night that will run til about 5:30pm .

Click Here To learn more about the Keystone Science School Day Camp

or Click for the 2015CampBrochure PDF

Photos for International Dark Sky Week EarthSky

Daniel McVey on Earthsky.Org

Beautiful images of a dark night sky, in celebration of International Dark Sky Week, April 13-19, 2015.

Source: Photos for International Dark Sky Week! | Today’s Image | EarthSky

Happy to have an image featured on Earthsky.Org for International Dark Sky Week. The intention of IDS Week is to bring awareness to the problems of light pollution and to offer some solutions to the problems.

Here is a blog I wrote for IDS Week a few years back.

To learn more about IDS Week / Light Pollution follow International Dark-Sky Association on Facebook.

Gore Range Monochrome Series Summit County Colorado


In preparation for the Summit County Nightscapes Slideshow presentation I did for the North Branch Library in Silverthorne, Colorado in March of 2015, I created a slideshow of my Gore Range Monochrome Series for some eye candy before the main presentation.

This slideshow features dramatic sepia toned images of the mighty Gore Range from Summit and Eagle County. It features familiar peaks such as Buffalo Mountain, Red Mountain, East Thorn, Keller Mountain, Deming Mountain, Mount Powell, and many more recorded over many seasons and several years.

Please enjoy the slideshow and for best viewing select 720p HD from the menu.


Summit County Nightscapes North Branch Library Silverthorne Colorado

Summit Nightscape

On March 27 at the Summit County North Branch Library (Silverthorne Library) from 7pm – 830pm I will be giving my Summit County Nightscapes Presentation. The slideshow presentation features my Astrophotography from Summit County while I talk about Mythology in the Nightsky, Backyard Astronomy, the Sky as a Calendar, Archaeo Astronomy and more.

Diagram of Scorpius and the Milky Way

What: Summit County Nightscapes

Where: The North Branch Library is located at 651 Center Circle in Silverthorne, Colorado 970-468-5887

When: March 27 from 7pm -8:30pm

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2015 Summit County Colorado Calendars Sold Out

Summit County Colorado CalendarWOW!!!

The fastest sell out of Calendars in the 5 years since I have started making them! Big Thank you to everybody who Pre-Ordered a copy and to those who have recently purchased a copy.

This year something new happened. I made a deal with the Frisco Lodge on Main St in Frisco, Colorado to make Calendars with the Lodge logo on the cover. Susan, owner of the lodge came up with the idea and we ran with it. When I saw Susan last she said they they were selling really quick but she still had copies For Sale.  

Additional copies can be obtained from fine retailers such as the  Colorado Mountain Art Gallery in Georgetown across the street from the Hotel de Paris and also at the Denver Photo Art Gallery at 833 Santa Fe Dr in Denver (til the end of November). 

The Next Page Bookstore in Frisco also has copies while they last.

I would like to thank Maria Albertson for several Proof Readings of the Calendar. I could not have done it without your help. I would also like to thank Mark Vincent, my project manager for his patience and putting up with me through the process. One more successful year in the books.

There has been some talk of doing a RePrint due to the Supply and Demand difference. If this should happen it will include only Pre-Ordered Calendars (and we need at least 100). You can put your name on the list by using the Contact Form.

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Colorado Life Magazine 7 Stunning Winter Night Landscapes

Colorado Life Magazine November / December 2014


I recently was fortunate enough to have some of my Night Photography featured in Colorado Life Magazine November / December 2014 Issue in an article that lures the reader with 7 Stunning Night Landscapes on the cover.

The spread, which was entitled Colorado Winter Nights showcases 3 of my images which followers of the page may recognize as Sirius and Orion over the Gore Range, Denver by Moonlight, and 5 Degrees on the Blue River.

The entire spread is gorgeous and captures the beauty of Colorado’s Winter Nights with photos from 4 other Amazing Colorado Photographers.

This publication is available at News Stands or at ColoradoLifeMagazine.Com

Big Thanks to Tad Bowman Photography for telling me about the call for artists!

Summit Foot Ankle Frisco Colorado Photos Daniel McVey

Colorado Fine Art Black and White b/w Monochrome Photography



As far back as I can remember, I have always felt lots of pressure on my feet. I recently went down to Eagle-Summit Foot and Ankle office in Frisco, Colorado where I met Dr Brian Maurer to see about getting pair of orthotics.

After chatting with Dr Maurer for a while it came up that I was a photographer and I passed him my card. When it came time to do the Orthotic fitting etc. Dr Maurer came into the room saying how much he enjoyed my photographs and the next thing I knew, I was walking back into the office with some art I had at home.

The office ended up taking all 4 framed photographs I brought down including 2 from the Gore Range Monochrome Series and 2 Light Painted scenes with Orion in one and the Milky Way in the other.From what I understand from the staff, patients have really been enjoying the Large Prints. Big Thank You to Dr Maurer and all his staff for their help with my feet and the huge show of support for my photography. 

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Denver Photo Art Gallery Final First Friday

Astronomy Pictures Denver Photo Art Gallery

Early Display at DPAG

After 2+ years with the Denver Photo Art Gallery I am announcing my Final First Friday. Ive had a blast being a Resident Artist at the gallery and am grateful for all the opportunities that have been afforded to me.

Most every First Friday for the past 2+ years I have been at the gallery at 833 (8th and Santa Fe) Santa Fe in the Art District to meet visitors to the gallery and talk about my art. Every month a new experience in itself and a part of my life I will miss.

One of my favorite parts of being a Resident Artist has been interacting with the other photographers in the gallery. It has been a huge honor standing with so many talented photographers and hearing about their tricks and experience.

Another great experience was getting to meet John Fielder who not only owns the gallery but is one of my own favorite Landscape Photographers. If you read any of the early blogs or interviews when I first entered the gallery you might remember that I taught myself most to many of the things that I know to one of Fielders Books – Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing.

I am looking forward to new opportunities that await down the road including more Presentations, Portraits under the Stars, as well as Private Instruction / Workshops.

Thank you to the Past and Present staff at the gallery who have always been supportive.

2015 Milky Way Calendar

Photo Etching Lisa Mallory Joint Project

Photo Etching at Denver Photo Art Gallery

Lisa G Mallory at Denver Photo Art Glry

I am thrilled to be collaborating with fine art photographer, Lisa Garness Mallory. 

Lisa takes her work to a new level with what she describes as hand etched photography.

For this project, Lisa selected one of my night sky (Daniel McVey) photographs. She is allowing us to follow her progress as she etches my photo.


Q: Lisa, Can you tell us a little bit about the process of “Etching”?


In 2009 I created my process of using needles and wood carving tools to hand etch my photography.

My background is fine art. But in 2008 I fell in love with digital photography. I wanted to find a way to combine both mediums. So I started using needles to hand etch on my photos. The needles worked well. I also tried wood carving tools and was pleased with the results from both tools.

I am considered a pioneer forging new ground in fine art photography. I define my art as contemporary, yet “edgy.”

Q: What inspired you to do your first etching? And when did you feel this could be the course of your fine art photography career?

Photo Etching by LGMA: My inspiration for etching is mainly my love for nature subjects. I etch other subjects as well. But I have a deep respect for nature, and I feel a spiritual connection with those subjects.

Along with editing in photo programs, I wanted to enhance my work with more, texture, light, depth, color and line, by hand etching. Each white line is my hand etched mark.

After winning several photography awards locally and several internationally, I knew this would be my artist journey for life.

Q: I was fortunate to see your exhibit, Colorado Etched Photography, at the Denver Photo Art Gallery in August / September 2014. I was blown away by the textures in your etchings.

I understand you were on PBS, and recently approached by a gallery in NYC.

Can you tell us more about that?


Yes, in June of this year I was a featured artist on PBS in their Arts District program .

I had the time of my life! They filmed me in 3 locations, Denver Botanic Gardens where I photographed orchids, Caribou Art Gallery in Denver where my work was in a large solo exhibit, and a lengthy interview in my studio. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce my etching process to the public.

I was contacted by a NYC gallery manager who saw my work at Caribou Art Gallery in February.

I’ll know more before the end of the year. It would be wonderful to have work in galleries in NYC. I’m also scouting galleries in California and other states.

Q: Where currently can your work be seen?


I have been very busy with gallery exhibits this year. So this Fall and Winter I’ll be busy etching new and exciting work! But my work can be seen at my studio. I will have work in more shows and exhibits in 2015.

For interested buyers and collectors please contact me though my website!

Lisa approached me with the idea of collaborating and I was thrilled to say yes.

She chose one of my images called the “Tree of Life of an Ancient Bristlecone Tree piercing the Milky Way”. The title was inspired by the Maya who believed that the Tree of Life connected the Underworld, with Earth, and the Sky. I am reallyBristle Cone with Milky Way excited to follow along with Lisa’s process as she etches my photo. 

Q: Lisa, with the large selection of photos, why did you choose an Astro Image?


So far I have not tried night sky photography. You’re locally known for fantastic night sky and Milky Way images. I was attracted to this particular image for the lovely combination of the Milky Way, stars, and of course the tree. It will be a challenge and lots of fun to etch.

Q: Do you think this image will create new challenges or techniques in your etching?


I am happy you asked this question my answer is, yes.

My hand etched photography will continue to evolve as my imagination leads me to new and exciting subjects.

I hope to enhance and give even more life to your already beautiful image. It will be part of my artist journey, thank you Daniel!

Once the image is complete it will be available from Lisa’s website . Contact information for Lisa is on her website.

And 20% of the sale will be donated to the Keystone Science School to help children learn about Science. That puts a huge smile on my face as I even type this!!!!!

Thank You Lisa! Let’s get this started! You can follow the progress with the slideshow below

Stunning Calendar

2015 Calendar with Full Moon Names, Major Holidays, and more