Sweet dreams of Everglades winter skies and celestial alignments!

Winter skies in the Everglades are the best way to enjoy the biggest show of all.

Our universe up in the night sky above!

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Stars trailing around Polaris in the northern Florida sky. Light pollution glow at bottom.
ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part II.

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All-sky star trails in the darkness of the Everglades.

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STOP the World – I want to get OFF!
All-sky view of the Milky Way and star trails!

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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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Galaxyshine” on another world, another time.
ART of Darkness – Kayaking the final frontier of imaging and photography!

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To fully appreciate the Everglades winter sky 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 – you’re about as far away from all the lights as you can get.

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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!
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The southwestern coastline along the Gulf of Mexico is the best to get farther away from city light pollution.

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Orbital Maneuvers
ART of Darkness – Kayaking the final frontier of imaging and photography!

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Sunset afterglow and a nearly whole sky view!
CLICK for story: Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Incredible planetary alignment in the southern sky just before dawn last winter in the Everglades!
CLICK for story: Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Bright Venus rising over Johnson Key in Florida Bay.
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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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Who knows?
Who knows if you happen to get up at 40 minutes to 5am in the Everglades! 😉

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Big Dipper with Polaris at extreme left at Canepatch deep in the Everglades.
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Silent Night
Orion and stars reflecting in mirror-like water at Canepatch.
CLICK for story: The Lost Portage – connecting streams in the Everglades!

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Celestial alignments reveal the clockwork of the universe at large!

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Venus setting over the Gulf of Mexico
This winter’s featured alignment has been a very bright Venus with Mars above!

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Jupiter with it’s Galilean moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Photographed with ‘Hubble Jr.’ at an effective 5600mm !

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The bright glowing full moon with Jupiter and four of it’s largest moons!
ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I

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The penumbral lunar eclipse of February 10, 2017 generated a lot of interest. However, not being a total eclipse, it was not as impressive as the hype might lead one to believe!

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The weak penumbral lunar eclipse of February 10, 2017 only shows a slight darkening. However the reduced brightness helps to get a better image of the otherwise extremely bright “snow” full moon!

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It’s only due to a fortuitous cosmic coincidence that our Sun and the Moon appear to be about the same size to us from Earth.
ART of Eclipses and other Cosmic alignments!

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The partial lunar eclipse visible from the Everglades in January 2018 was basically a non-event for us because the moon quickly set and was immediately followed by sunrise. It was however a very large and beautiful full moon!

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“Blue Moon” – the large and bright second full moon of January 2018!

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Full moon time-lapse in the delicious darkness!
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Chilling under the sweet moonlight on a sandbar “camp” at low tide.
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A very bright full moon over Little Rabbit Key in this circular panorama.
The Supermoon of 2016 and the full moon camping experience at Little Rabbit Key.

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Portage to Earth
ART of Darkness – Kayaking the final frontier of imaging and photography!

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The half illuminated moon is a great time to observe lunar features!

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There will be a total eclipse visible in the Everglades on January 21, 2019!

In the meantime, enjoy this total eclipse set from 2015! 🙂

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A total lunar eclipse taking a bite out of the moon in the fall of 2015.
Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides of the final tetrad Eclipse of 2015!

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A total lunar eclipse from 2015, one of four visible in the Everglades during 2014 – 2015.
Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides of the final tetrad Eclipse of 2015!

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The ending of a total lunar eclipse!

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Regardless of it’s phase, the moon is always a powerful force affecting everything on planet Earth!

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Beach camping on Whitehorse Key in the Ten Thousand Islands.
ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I

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Fire, fire burning .. spewing burnt atoms up into the sky!
Camping at Camp LuLu in the Ten Thousand Islands.

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Check out more lunar action and sky photography from the darkness at:

NIGHT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY and DIGITAL ART: CAMPING with the STARS!

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ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I

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Get out there and enjoy the dark Everglades night skies!

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With that said..
Blessings friends!

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