I know I’ve said it before but there’s something about black and white photos truly make me happy
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Well as the sun sets on another day in the Okanagan, so the sun sets on another vacation... Now to prepare myself for the wilds of the North... Everyone keeps saying Winter is Coming, and I guess everyone isn't that wrong...
Here is a close.
In 1994, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake rumbled through Los Angeles at 4:30 a.m. knocking out the power citywide. It was eerily dark, darker than ever — no streetlights, no cars. Residents, awoken by the shaking, went outside and looked up at the sky. It was flush with cosmic bodies that had been invisible up to that point — twinkling stars, clustered galaxies, distant planets. Then people became anxious: what was that large silvery cloud swallowing the Earth? It looked so sinister that they called 911! That cloud was the Milky Way. 😱🌌
When I took this photo, the only source of light was the moon. At 76.7% full, it hindered the naked-eye visibility of the Milky Way a bit, but I could have sat there all night humbled and jaw-dropped by the spiral arm of our galaxy, a thick ribbon of stars running across the sky. Cameras don’t do it justice; it was real diamonds on black velvet. I could literally see the stars spinning. It’s no wonder L.A. residents called 911 — it looks like the entire sky is falling. It’s truly a tragedy that we are cut off from the stars, only seeing constellations at planetariums or on computer screens. This diminishes our sense of the universe and our place in it.
One way to help protect our skies is by visiting a certified “Dark Sky Place.” The @idadarksky program uses your tourism dollars to help conserve and protect these rare and fragile locations for the benefit of future generations. If your schedule aligns, I recommend visiting during a new moon when the sky is truly unaffected. 🌑 I want to live, literally, starry-eyed. Don’t you? 🤩