I suppose most people go to national parks to get away from it all. To leave the world they know behind. This kind of escape is available at our newest national park. But there is something else. Something I think my friend was alluding to. You don’t get away from it all at the Indiana Dunes National Park the way you might at Yosemite or Yellowstone. In fact, you come up against it. This national park, you realize, is actually a last line of resistance, a green and blue membrane holding back the accumulated pressure human will has piled on the earth and insisted was progress.David Hoppe
At sunset, night pushes day to retreat below the horizon, with one final burst of glorious rays.
Here’s another example of a Belt of Venus seen from downtown Chicago. Darkness above and color below, partly due to old-school sodium vapor street lights.
When the sun sets, sandhill cranes return from area fields to Goose Pasture at Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana. Turn your sound up. Taken Sunday, December 3, a peak time during migration.
And what a sunset.
For years, I’ve been taking photos of the Belt of Venus without knowing it. NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day explains.