I was in the Alabama Hills recently and had an evening of astrophotography. The Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains are a dark sky area so the stars were exceptional.
This image captured the zodiacal light over Mt. Whitney and Lone Pine Peak with the rounded Alabama Hills in the foreground. The foreground was lit by the taillights of a passing car,
The image was made with the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens using the FTZ adapter. Image settings were f/2.8, ISO 1600, and 20 seconds.
Zodiacal Light is a phenomena of early evening and before sunrise during spring and fall in dark sky areas. The cone shaped light is from reflected dust particles capturing some of the last sun's light - more than an hour after sunset.