I also love being able to take photos of the dogs without a lot of clutter of trees and boulders in the background. It lets all the focus be on their running grace!
Nighttime in the desert is incredibly special to me. I was slightly disappointed by the full moon, which obscured a lot of stars but it turned out that I enjoyed seeing the glow of the desert landscape under a full moon.
I made a very short time lapse series of photos as the moon rose and the stars spun around Polaris. If you have trouble viewing it here, you can watch it at Youtube.
In case you don't want to watch the short video, here was the final photo. It doesn't let you appreciate the moonrise like the video does but I still like it.
Happy Sky Sunday!