The Milky Way of Hollow Rock
I had never before been to the location of Hollow Rock in Minnesota, just south of Grand Portage. A sea stack by the name of Hollow Rock rests just off shore. Being only 15 minutes from the Canadian Border I knew I was going to have a dark sky. With that in mind I had an idea for a photo.
I set out on a 5 hour drive through complete darkness. I found my way to the location. With every mile the sky began to get darker and darker. I pulled up to the beach and found the sea stack silhouetted against the night sky. With my bare eyes I could see our galactic center of our Milky Way just beginning to rise over Hollow Rock.
I was just in time. I set up on the rocky shore line and created my composition. I waited for the Milky Way to climb into position where it would arc over the sea stack and into the northern sky over Lake Superior.
Sitting on the beach I couldn't help but think about how the center of our galaxy is 25,000 light years away. It takes 5,000 years for the light of the galactic center to reach our eyes. Humbled by this thought I pondered what Hollow Rock must have looked like 5000 years ago, and if the view of our galaxy would have been the same.
It is so incredible to see this vision I had come to life. I can only describe it as something of a 6th sense. To see it before it is real. To put in all the hard work, studying maps, paying attention to weather, and studying the night sky. It is as if I completely align myself with nature to put myself in the right place at the right time.