Turn off the lights…

so much is at stake.

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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

Vincent Van Gogh

In a new study one third of the world’s population cannot see the milky way galaxy while light pollution affects eighty percent, and for four out of five Americans light masks the milky way.

Why does this matter?

In ecosystems everything is connected and the effects of artificial light can be devastating to migratory birds, hatching sea turtles, nocturnal animals, and plants to name just a few. The International Dark-Sky Association has a wealth of information on the effects of light pollution and on ways that we can help to reduce it.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I can step outside on a clear night and see the milky way with my naked eye as it arches across the sky.

This image was taken from my backyard.

It is not just a feast for the eyes but for the ears! ┬áIt’s a nocturnal symphony in my little corner of the world when on any given night I can hear owls hooting, bullfrogs croaking, the haunting call of an occasional loon, and the coyotes howling.

It goes far beyond the sheer beauty of the night skies and speaks to the health of our planet.

As digital cameras advance its my hope that images like the one above will inspire people to think about light pollution and ways that they can reduce it.

There’s a lot depending on it…