ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part III

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

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“Backbone of Night!”

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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 episodes:

ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I

ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part II

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This time we shall see our Milky Way arching overhead from remote destinations that have some of the darkest skies and best viewing in the Everglades. Inspired by Cosmos episode 7 – The Backbone of Night, by the late Dr. Carl Sagan, I will also include some of my favorite quotes from his books!

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“In the cosmic perspective there is no reason to think that we are the first or the last or the best.”

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“When you wish upon a shooting star!”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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It is said that the !Kung people of the Kalahari desert consider the Milky Way as the “Backbone of Night” that holds up the sky!

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Backbone of Night? – “Into the Void”!
Kayakfari ART Photography – the Darkest hour at Stiltsville upon Biscayne Bay!

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“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”

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“It’s full of stars!”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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“We are made of stellar ash. Our origin and evolution have been tied to distant cosmic events.

The exploration of the cosmos is a voyage of self-discovery.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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The Milky Way full of stars and dust in this all-sky 360×180 view from the Everglades.
On the fine ART of living in a lens Bubble!

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To fully appreciate the Everglades sky viewing experience, it is worthwhile to paddle out to one of the remote backcountry campsites inside the Park, the Ten Thousand Islands or Florida Bay.

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It’s easy to see why the Everglades has some of the darkest skies on the eastern seaboard. It’s as far away from all the lights as you can get!

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The southwestern coastline along the Gulf of Mexico and down into Florida Bay is the farthest away from all the city light pollution.

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Florida as seen from the ISS in orbit. You can’t completely get away from all the light pollution, but the Everglades is as dark as it gets on the east coast!
CLICK for large version!

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ART of the Bay – Florida Bay Landscapes

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“All across the Universe.”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

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“Nice Dreams!” 🙂
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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

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Hanging out under the Milky way and stars at Cape Romano, winter 2018.
Paddling the Goodland to Cape Romano loop and camping in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”

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“The sky is calling!”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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“Backbone of Night!”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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Cosmos 7: The Backbone of Night

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“Stop the World – I want to get off!“
All-sky view of our Milky Way and more.
Sweet dreams of Everglades winter skies and celestial alignments!

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Our ancestors have lived in the darkness for many thousands of years. It is only in the last 100 years that people have lost sight of the Milky Way and the stars.

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“Obscured by clouds, but a stellar night indeed!”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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Taking in it’s full grandeur still evokes a powerful response and presents a way to reconnect with the Universe at large!

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“Star gazing.”
Milky Way over Camp LuLu in the Ten Thousand Islands.
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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Sweet dreams of Everglades winter skies and celestial alignments!

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“Quiet as the night, please turn out the light!”
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.

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Get out there and enjoy the dark Everglades nights!

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Perhaps there are paddlers on other worlds .. “Galaxyshine”!
Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
Florida Bay, Everglades National Park.

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“If the dinosaurs had had a space program, they would not be extinct.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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I hope you liked this little journey into the darkness.

Enjoy!

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Available as high quality archival prints for sale directly to you in various sizes for your collecting, decorating and viewing pleasure!

Images are also available to license for your print or digital editorial needs!

E-mail me for a price list or for a quote

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Back to Part II – “It’s full of Stars!”

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Read about paddling on Florida Bay:

Chickees and Keys in Florida Bay – Kayaking, Camping and Nice Dreams!

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

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DISCLAIMER:: The maps and images on this site are not intended for navigation, I am not a guide; use any and all information at your own risk! Your mileage may vary .. so use good judgement before venturing out!

With that said.. Blessings friends!

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rasta happy kayakfari kayak canoe paddle photography adventure

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