Andromeda Dance "The Andromeda Galaxy tangos with Broken Arch on a crisp fall night." Arches National Park, Utah, United States
Arches National Park is a U.S. National Park in eastern Utah. The park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. It contains the highest density of natural arches in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)
Credit: NPS/William Pedro
Image Date: September 22, 2017
Arches National Park
National Park Service
American Astronomical Society
Commission for Dark Skies: Protect the Night
While this summer hasn't been what I've been used to over the last few years, I've still managed to get out #ontheopenroad . 12 states, 3 National parks and in just the past week 5 major east coast cities.
Grabbed some beers atop #BokBar the other night to take in the #Philly#Skyline one last time before they close for the season.
Lay on the beach and look up in wonder at the Milly Way. At least until the incoming tide you don't notice sends a wave that gets you wet. From last night.
Dark skies represent another slowly disappearing resource. Light pollution impacts all parts of the country and erases our ability to look up and see most stars. Simple fixes include turning off some lights and putting shields on home flood lights and public street lights that direct light downward only. Edisto Island has some of the darkest skies on the east coast, but increasingly battles light pollution from Beaufort (seen here) and Charleston, as well as the island itself.
A few days ago, my good friend Rei asked if I had a favorite picture that I have ever taken. I posted a few leading up to this one, but it's definitely this image here, featuring @wondertruly and the Pleiades star cluster.
This image, while beautiful, is also the culmination of so many things. It's a symbolic step of where I am in my adventure right now. If you're reading this right now, thank you for being here. I couldn't be here without you.
Thank you to @autolatry for being such an incredible mentor and making photography seem so much more approachable, and for being a shoulder for me to lean on while I was at my ugliest.
Thank you to @shenanigan.grey for keeping me on my toes and making sure I continue to grow and that I don't let my ego get in the way of progress and for being one of the bravest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
And of course, thank you @wondertruly for being who you are. For inspiring myself and so many others to be bigger than who we are complacent being. For making me smile when no one else can. For not being afraid of the unknown and for not being afraid to get dragged into it with me. For shoving a camera in my hands with a smirk, knowing I can do amazing things with it. For being my best friend.
And finally, thank you again. You who have been watching. You who have been in front of the lens. You who have been surprised that we've made it this far. Thank you for everything and for your tremendous support. Tomorrow is exciting and new and I have no idea what it looks like, but that's what makes it such a treasure. I've been working on a better way for you to cheer me on in the form of a patreon and sadly it just isn't perfect yet, but if you'd like to show your support in the form of a donation, you are more than welcome to click donate link at the bottom of this website: www.jimothyisnotintheband.com
Until the patreon is up and running and I have this whole life thing figured out, your praises are extra crucial. Comments on my images, likes, and shares are appreciated and help remind me that I'm not doing this for nothing. Thank you for not giving up on me and, more importantly, helping me not give up on myself.
I always thought the sky was pretty dark back at the parentals' in deep Suffolk. Turns out that's not at all true... squint and you may see part of the Milky Way in this pic.