Turns out there are a total of 83 locations worldwide that have won the coveted designation, including Warrumbungle National Park in Australia, Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park in South Korea and Zselic National Landscape Protection Area in Hungary. No other Dark Sky spot on Earth, however, is a mere 140 miles from a huge metropolis where stars were washed out long ago by mega-wattage lights flooding the night sky from airports, malls, billboards, theme parks, etc., etc. (Los Angeles). Quoting one park ranger, "The Milky Way is only a two-hour drive away by car!"
Heck, we all knew JTNP has great night sky photography. I guess now it's official!! I'm just lucky and fortunate to live so close to this area. With that in mind, I went through the archives to select some night sky shots taken in JTNP suitable for sharing.
|Early evening on Park Blvd. under starry skies. Summer evenings generally see little traffic.|
|Cholla Cactus Garden off Pinto Basin Road. Although it looks like sunset, I think that's a moonrise shot.|
|Even moon shots look a little sharper when taken in the Park!|
|Star trails using a fisheye lens (taken just outside the Park). 29 Palms in the background.|
|Beautiful early evening sky near Keys View Road.|
|Milky Way framed between two Joshua Trees.|
|Just another gorgeous Joshua Tree sunset!|
|"First Stars", Geology Tour Road, with Malapai Hill in the background.|
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