ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part II

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NIGHT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART from the EVERGLADES, FLORIDA BAY, TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, BIG CYPRESS & BEYOND!

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It’s full of Stars!

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Welcome to the endless seasons of
“Camping with the Stars!”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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The photographic journey continues on from the previous episode of

Camping with the Stars“:

ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I.

This time there will be no moon, just the stars and the ever-present glow from distant urban areas. We are going to visit remote destinations that have some of the darkest skies and best star viewing in the Everglades. Along the way, there will be side trip excursions to two other Kayakfari ART series:

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ART of Darkness – Kayaking the final frontier of imaging and photography

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ART of the Bay – Florida Bay Landscapes

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“Day and Night in the Everglades”
CLICK for crazy 360 x 2 figure8 interactive panorama

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DIGITAL FANTASY ART –

“Galaxyshine”

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
“Galaxyshine”
CLICK for ART of Darkness – Kayaking the final frontier

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The simplest “camp” for star gazing and photography under the stars!

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Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
Afterglow of the sunset and a nearly whole sky view as the stars make their appearance!
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On a clear moonless night it’s nice to lay out a tarp for star gazing. Once out in the Everglades, away from all the light pollution, many more stars can be seen. The Milky Way can clearly be seen even just a few miles away from urban areas on land or sea. It’s really a special experience to see it from the water out in the Gulf of Mexico or Florida Bay. The Everglades has some of the darkest skies of the entire eastern seaboard of the United States!

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Florida at night as seen from the ISS Space Station in orbit.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

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Oh the darkness of the Everglades and Florida Bay!
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC
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It’s easy to see why Florida Bay has some of the darkest skies – you’re about as far away from all the lights as you can get.

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Whole sky 360 panorama of the Milky Way on a moonless night.
Note glow from Miami/FLL at upper left and Marathon in the Keys at lower right.

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All across the sky Milky Way from East Cape at low tide.
Due north at top, south on bottom. Again note the lights from Marathon and dimmer Key West at extreme lower right.
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The hold up at First National Bank in Florida Bay

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The Milky Way over First National Bank in Florida Bay.
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It goes without saying that there is nothing quite like delicious silence in the darkness! It’s humbling to see all these billions of stars, and that’s just a part of our own Milky Way galaxy. When looking up, realize that you are really looking back in time. These photons of light left hundreds, thousands or even millions of years ago – at the speed of light a.k.a. the “Cosmic speed limit“!

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The Milky Way as seen from Pavilion Key in the Ten Thousand Islands.
Heaven or Hell: Paddling and camping in the Ten Thousand Islands

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KAYAKFARI ART PHOTOGRAPHY –

Backbone of Night

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The “Backbone of Night”.
Our Milky Way across the whole sky at East Cape.

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The Milky Way glowing over a Big Cypress lake under UV light.

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DIGITAL FANTASY ART –

“Big Bang Surfing”

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
“Big Bang Surfing”
CLICK for ART of Darkness – Kayaking the final frontier

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NIGHT FUNSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART –

ART of Cape Romano – The curious inhabitants of Australopithecine Island

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The “Night of the Living Stars” at Cape Romano village.
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Incredible star gazing in the Everglades on a sacred Native American Miccosukee tree island hammock in Water Conservation Area 3A.
CLICK for a starry night super-panorama!

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Kayaking the River of Grass – a Shark River Slough Expedition

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Chickee camping under a big star filled sky at Oyster Bay.
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Little Rabbit Key – a camping jewel in Central Florida Bay

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My God it’s full of stars! The darkness over Little Rabbit Key.
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Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
The whole sky in winter with Orion and the Big Dipper all ‘rotating’ around the pivot of Polaris.
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Canepatch Indian Mound (Avocado Mound)

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The Big Dipper and Polaris rising over the Canepatch campsite in the Everglades interior.
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DIGITAL FANTASY ART –

“Interstellar Paddlers”

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
“Interstellar Paddlers”
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Group camping under the stars at Camp Lu Lu in the 10000 Islands.
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Camping Hell in the Ten Thousand Islands

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Camping in Hell under the stars on Pavillion Key in the Ten Thousand Islands.
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What’s in your hatch? Halloween evil kayak camping humor!

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A Halloween camping “surprise” in the Everglades!
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Across Florida Bay: Flamingo to Long Key Roundtrip Adventure

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Stuck on a bank flat in Florida Bay under the stars.
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Camp LuLu

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Fire, fire burning .. burning the atoms, sending them up to the stars at Camp Lu Lu.
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Miami to Flamingo across Florida Bay via Short Key

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Orion rising over Short Key in Barnes Sound.
Note the eerie glow of Miami inline with Turkey Point Nuclear power plant due northeast!
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River of Grass Canoe Expedition 2014 on the Miami River Canal

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Orion over camp on the Miami River Canal at Mack’s Fish Camp.
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In these remote areas of the Everglades, it’s just nice to sit back and think about nothing at all!

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Feeling Irie in hammock on the beach at Camp Lu Lu.
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Glow, stars and beach at Cayo Costa State Park.

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Light pollution is an increasing problem all over the world as electric grids reach into previously remote areas. Although the Everglades skies are very dark, the surrounding urban areas are no exception, especially the extremely bright east coast. No doubt you’ve noticed a strong glow in quite a few of the images, it’s unavoidable. Sometimes I almost have to cover that part of the sky from my eyes as my vision adjusts to the darkness. It is effectively a permanent dawn on the horizon. On the plus side, it’s now easy to navigate at night because of this.

The only way to escape it is to go out to sea for a couple hundred miles or so, which is beyond the scope of most paddlers! 😉

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Go West to East Cape – an interior route via “Spoonbill Pass” and Raulerson Prairie

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Beach camping at East Cape and the “perpetual dawn” glow in the east.
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www.lightpollutionmap.info

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Camping in total darkness on the sandbar south of Cape Romano.
Note strong glow from Naples, Fort Myers and beyond!

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KAYAKFARI ART PHOTOGRAPHY –

Rainbow in the Dark”  \../ \../

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See the Rainbow in the Dark at 40 minutes to 5 AM over Florida Bay!

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As the night wears on, sometimes it’s possible to see a rainbow in the dark or an all-night storm raging far in the distance.

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KAYAKFARI ART PHOTOGRAPHY –

“Detonation at Dawn”

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“Detonation at Dawn” – Kayakfari ART photography
CLICK for ART of the Bay – Florida Bay Landscapes
The orange glow isn’t the sunrise – it’s the glow from the Miami/FLL metro areas!

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Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides!

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
Bright Venus rising above Johnson Key in the eastern sky before dawn.
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Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
A very cool planetary alignment in the southern sky just before dawn!!
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When the dawn starts  creeping in, it’s time to enjoy a sunrise and paddle back home kayaking the great expanses of Florida Bay!

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I hope you liked this little journey into the darkness. Enjoy!

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Back to Part I – “A Trip to the Moon!”

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Read about paddling Florida Bay:

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Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!
Kayakfari ART photography – “Champagne Dawn”
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Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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With that said.. Blessings friends!

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