Half the Park is after Dark

When we think of protecting natural landscapes we picture those vistas during the time that we normally see them: by day.  But half the "day" happens at night. Light pollution, the wasted artificial lighting from cities and towns which has rendered the Milky Way and stars virtually invisible, also shines every night into our protected lands. In many of these places, including national parks, the animals that hunt, feed, breed, and give birth at night, no longer experience true darkness. Even we humans are profoundly affected by the quality of natural night. Imagine your favorite wilderness landscape. Now imagine that when the sun sets that instead of sleeping by the light of a million stars, you were instead bathed in an orange urban glow with no more than a dozen stars feebly visible. Would we still call such a place natural? The natural sky at night is now as rare to us as glaciers and grizzly bears and if we do not actively protect it, we will be in danger of letting it slip away like so much else we hold dear in the world around us. With my photography I seek to document the national park landscapes with which so many are familiar by day, but instead show their beauty at night. For so many of these places, the glow of encroaching urbanization is just over the hill and all too visible to the photographer’s camera at night.