Fosters Pond Firecracker
The thing with night photography is that, well, it's done in the dark. :) You can't actually see the whole scene in the way that it appears in photographs, because the eye can't do long exposures the way a camera can. So the smart way to approach this technique is to scout out areas ahead of time where you want to take pictures, mark them in a map or GPS, and then return at night to create images. I usually do that, but this particular night I didn't get a chance to do so before it became dark. So I found myself at 3 am wandering the back roads of the Northeast Kingdom somewhat blindly, hoping to find some worthy subjects.
Fosters Pond is located in a small hollow in Groton, just east of the northernmost part of Groton State Forest. The color here was not the best, except for one small maple sapling on the shore. Singleton trees with bright foliage are sometimes called "firecrackers" when they stand out like you see here, and this one provided a nice anchor for this reflective star trails shot.