Michigan Island Lighthouse and Milky Way-Apostle Islands Photo of the Year 2015
A framed print: 26″ x 21″ on archival cotton, $300 + ship/handle
This picture of the Milky Way rising over the light tower on Michigan Island was taken on the morning of June 15, 2015 near new moon conditions and the summer solstice. It is then that the summer Milky Way is at its brightest and dramatically hangs just above the horizon. A three minute exposure, this shot was made possible by mounting the camera (a Canon 7D Mark 2) on top of a slow motion equatorial mount 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 views of the heavens. A separate three minute exposure was taken with the equatorial drive turned off to photograph the light station.
This is the fifth (and last) in our series of the Milky Way and the lighthouses of the Apostle Islands, the first taken in 2009 of the Outer Island lighthouse and the second taken in 2010 of the Sand Island lighthouse followed by Raspberry Island in 2011 and Devils Island in 2012.
Photographers: Mark Weller, John Okerstrom, Jaime Lanxon
Thanks to the National Park Service for their support: Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent