Saturday, April 21, 2018

Night Sky Over Tahquamenon Falls

We are currently in International Dark Sky Week, if you didn't know. The idea is to enjoy the night sky free from the increasing light pollution which humans are producing. I live in a subdivision that is right on the edge of rapidly declining open land and farmland. In another decade or so it's likely that almost everything will be paved over. It is amazing that people have so many lights on at night that it's becoming almost indistinguishable from day. Stepping out of the subdivision puts you into a semi-rural community or rather what's left of one. But doing that you immediately notice the difference in lighting at night. Without the super bright porch lights and street lamps you actually know what darkness is. More importantly, you can see the stars, which is the main benefit of having things be dark at night.

People tell me that my father and maternal grandfather took me on a fishing trip to Lake Superior when I was young but I don't remember. In the years since I haven't been back to the Upper Peninsula. It is a place I would like to visit and perhaps retire some day. For now I can just enjoy the pictures of the changing night sky over Tahquamenon Falls near Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There is a lot of natural beauty in this world if you just look around.

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