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As in Heaven
A shooting star over Yosemite falls.
Cloud or Meteor?
Alien GoldScape
Alien Landscape 16
Alien Probescape
Fitz Roy And Milkway
Cosmic Wonder
Lightning and Stars from Enchanted Rock
Mt Saint Helens with Milky Way and Perseid meteor
Standing In Awe - Perseid Meteor Self Portrait
Meteor Rain
Volcano Magic
Perseid Meteor Shower
Perseid meteor shower over Istanbul, Turkey.
Shooting star over Arch Rock.
Meteor over Adirondacks
Double Arch Portrait and Meteor
Meteor Crater
A Geminids meteor fireball over the Llano River in Mason, Texas.
14th Annual Photo Contest
Lightning and Stars from Enchanted Rock

The Texas Parks and Wildlife department offers star gazing and photography workshops at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Enchanted Rock is designated as an International Dark Sky Park. 80% of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way, where they live, due to light pollution. Parks like Enchanted Rock make a concerted effort to keep artificial lights to a minimum and install the types of lights that cause minimal light pollution. They also serve as a resource to educate travelers to the park about light pollution. To me a sustainable travel project has elements of preserving the natural beauty of our planet and beyond, as well as education for those visiting, in order to appreciate and partake in stewardship of the natural world. In my photo the unique combination of the Milky Way, a shooting star, and the lighting storm were able to be captured because a unique opportunity. I was able to climb to the top of monolith that is Enchanted Rock, and enjoy a view that is beyond compare, largely due to the preservation of the dark sky. These conditions are disappearing at record speed in America today. This photo represents the opportunity to take in the night skies for generations to come.

TAGS: Lightning, Meteor, Milky Way, Stars, Texas

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Mineral Wells, Texas, United States of America
Member since 2016
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© saskia Vaughan.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2016
Total Views: 93
Filed Under: Sustainable Travel
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 26, 2016, 11:44 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed: 1/0
ISO: ISO2500
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PHOTO LOCATION Llano, Texas, United States of America