An Appreciation, Photography
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Well… I mean… what can I say…?

 

The post before this one was a shot taken from within the Grand Tetons National Park, out in the wilds of the high Wyoming desert…

More like dessert, to me…
At least, it seemed that way while I was out there…

The above gif, on the other hand, was taken in my backyard the other night.
It was the most clear and dark I’ve seen this neck of the woods, in the 30 or so years I’ve been living here…

Yeah…
Not getting a whole lot of sleep around here, these days…

All the same, I think you can see the difference…
The website darkskyfinder.com lists the Wyoming location as a dark green in color.

That’s good, by the way..
Starting at over 6000′ in elevation, with low humidity and little to no light pollution to speak of…
All in all. a rather good location for photographing the stars at night…

And a whole lot of other things during the day, as well…

My backyard, on the other other hand, is listed as an orange in color.

That’s what’s known in the star watching industry as “… bad”, by the way…
Only two shades away from “… might as well move to the heart of the sun for all the night sky you can see around here…” bad…

As near to sea level as makes no never mind…
Humadidity out the wazoo…
Growing things everywhere…

Still, darkskyfinder.com can really only do so much.
I live in a relatively rural area, within one of the more light populated areas of the entire country.
A small, small haven of darkness and greenery, amongst entirely too much concrete.
A small, small town nestled between all the New England madness you could ever want…

… and then some…

And I’ve now found two separate locations, in my very own state, where I’ll be able to go and shoot the stars.
In an area of the country where dark skies are, supposedly, not to be found.

So, take all this stuff you find on the net with a grain of salt…
If I’d been relying only on darkskyfinder.com, I never would have gone out in the first place.

Still…
It’s all relative…

Like a fourth cousin three times removed on my great great great great step aunt’s side of the family…

Which is to say… not really relative, at all…

 

 

And yes…
I do know how lucky I am…

Not sure what I did to merit this good fortune…

But then, a lot of times, merit has nothing to do with it…

 

 

 

 

 

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