I REMEMBER THE NIGHT SKIES

I remember the night skies

I remember the night skies something you don't get to see too often these days with all the light pollution.

I grew up in a small town on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest in north western Pennsylvania I grew up out in the country on 10 acres and it night the sky was big dark you could see and count the stars and I took it for granted.

As progress was made over the years light pollution started infiltrating even some of the more remote areas of our world. Now some areas have been designated dark spots to allow people experience what the night sky really looks how ancestors sawn it.

Photography the stars

I’ve gotten to know photographer Kurt Weinhold though the Art in the Wilds Juried Fine Arts how, held in my home town of Kane, Pa.

Kurt is a photographer that does landscapes and Wildlife photography from that area, as well as, dark sky photography.  Kurt lives in the town of Coudersport Pennsylvania which is very close to the Cherry Springs State Park, one of the top dark sky destinations in the world.

Kurt teaches night sky photography classes at Cherry Spring State Park generally about once a month, weather depending, from March or April through November.

 

Last October 3 of my friends and I headed to my home town for a long weekend in the Wilds of Pennsylvania.  The weekend including taking Kurt's class.

We were pleasantly surprise to discover my mom’s back yard is also a great spot to see the night sky.  I was shocked. I hadn't seen the sky like that since I was a young girl. You see a sawmill moved in down the road many years ago and over the years they kept adding additional flood lighting.  The lighting was like lighting up a football stadium. The light pollution was so intense you could barely make out any stars within the 10 acres of my parent’s small farm. Now that the lights in The Sawmill are out and the night sky had returned.  You can even see the Milky Way with the naked eye. So, one night at 2 in the morning for the 4 of us grabbed our cameras and tripods, set up in the backyard and began taking pictures.

 Another night sky photo from Mom's back yard, Kane Pa.

Another night sky photo from Mom's back yard, Kane Pa.

 
 Cherry Spring State Park Pennsylvania - one of my photos taken durning  Kurt Weinhold 's class in Oct. 2017.

Cherry Spring State Park Pennsylvania - one of my photos taken durning Kurt Weinhold's class in Oct. 2017.

 
 Milky Way Galaxy from Mom's back yard, Kane Pa.

Milky Way Galaxy from Mom's back yard, Kane Pa.

Needless to say, I do plan to continue taking some night sky photos up at my parents place and also back on my uncle's farm in the future.

My friends and I do have another photo trip planned up there again this year we're going to continue to perhaps hike some trails in the Allegheny Forest as well as do some night sky photos I'll keep you all posted with any results.