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A Time-Lapse of the Milky Way Rising Over the Brown Tahquamenon Falls


Photographer Dustin Dilworth of D3 Imagery visited Michigan’s Tahquamenon Falls at night and captured this beautiful 45-second time-lapse video of the Milky Way rising over the falls, which are known for their brown color that’s due to the tannins from sedar swamps upriver.

“Pay close attention and you’ll notice meteors from the Lyrid meteor shower in the zoomed shots,” Dilworth writes.

“Beyond the waterfall’s plunge pool, the river’s surface is still frozen, well into spring,” writes National Geographic. “In the forest of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, distant cities’ glare can’t dull this spectacle.”

Dilworth planned his shot by using software to figure out the path of stars through the sky and then framed his shot accordingly. He shot roughly 6,000 photos through the early hours of April 19th for the project, which was released in celebration of International Dark Sky Week and raising awareness of light pollution.