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A Second Starry Night Print Offered to Raise Funds for Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore


A second night sky photograph taken in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has surfaced and, like the first one from a year ago, prints are being sold to help Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore fund programs and projects in the park.

A second starry night photograph from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has surfaced, and the park's friends group is selling prints to raise money to reinvest into the lakeshore.

If you've lingered around the Traveler for a while, you might recall that the first photograph surfaced just about a year ago.

While the first photograph displayed the lakeshore's Outer Island Light Station set against the Milky Way, the second shot captures the Sand Island light tower.

If you purchased the first print, you need to add the second! Proceeds go to the Friends of the Apostle Islands Lakeshore, which in turn uses the money on such project as bear boxes, printing the lakeshore newspaper, maintaining facilities, even buying TP for the lakeshore's outhouses.

Here's how the second photograph was taken, according to Mark Weller, one of the three photographers who collaborated on the project (the others were John Rummel and Ian Weller).

This picture of the Milky Way rising over the light tower on Sand Island was taken on the morning of July 9, 2010 near new moon conditions following the summer solstice. It is in that window the summer Milky Way is at its brightest and dramatically hangs just above the treetops. A three minute exposure, this shot was made possible by mounting the camera (a Canon 7D) on top of a telescope with a slow-motion drive, making it possible to cancel the earth's rotation. Allowing the camera to capture an incredibly sharp and saturated image, this is one of the most delightful of the heavens. A separate three minute exposure was taken with the telescope drive turned off to photograph the light station.

The cost of a framed print measuring 26 inches by 21 inches and matted on archival cotton, is $330. And that includes shipping. To order one, visit the friends group's website.

To see how the photograph was taken, check out this short video:


Beautiful presentations of a little-known park.

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