Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
We're now well into the summer season, and the Fourth of July is already behind us. I will admit, the Fourth of July is not my favorite holiday, entirely because of fireworks exploding throughout the night, frightening pets and wildlife and leaving the world cloaked in a smoggy sulfurous haze that turns the edges of the sky pink and hides all sight of Rainier and the Olympic Mountains for days afterward.
I found the film below (a time-lapse nature film, naturally) featuring the sweeping desert landscapes and wide open skies of California, Arizona and Utah. As I watched those starry skies glittering on my computer screen, I thought to myself that these are the only "fireworks" I want to see exploding in the heavens above. If only the night skies were dark enough for all these stars to be visible with our own eyes... we'd have no need for pyrotechnics on the Fourth of July. We'd only need to step outside and look up, and there we'd find all the "ooohs" and "aaaahs" we could hope for.
Rise – The Prediction of Everything 4K from Kai Gradert on Vimeo.
Did you know that our night skies are endangered? Check out the International Dark Sky Association to learn more about light pollution and its negative impacts on wildlife, ecosystems, energy, and human health.