Hunting Island State Park

September 03, 2013  •  1 Comment

Back in Montana, I could walk out onto the plains, being able to see for miles in either direction, and feel small.  I could also walk up into the mountains and just barely be able to make out individual pine trees on a distant peak, and feel small.  No matter where I am, looking up at the stars surely makes me feel REALLY small!  

Another place that really puts perspective to just how big I am is the ocean.  To think that as far as I can see is just a small fraction of the ocean is crazy.  It's also crazy knowing that if you got onto a boat and traveled in a straight line you would reach the shores of Europe or Africa, you could even get side tracked and end up in South America!

Recently, on my trip to Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina's Lowcountry, I had the pleasure of being near the ocean, AND looking up at the stars.  Listening to the waves roll in while the stars appeared to spin around surely was relaxing, but most of all... AMAZING!!  The time that it took my camera to capture the light from the stars is just a TINY speck in the journey that that light had been on...

Take the Orion Nebula, for example

The Orion Nebula from Hunting Island State ParkHunting Island State Park To put this in perspective... The Orion Nebula is 1,344 LIGHT YEARS away from earth.  Meaning, if I were to jump into a space shuttle and travel toward Orion, and was able to travel at the SPEED OF LIGHT(which is 670,616,629 Miles Per Hour) it would take me 1,344 YEARS of Traveling at 670,616,629 Miles per hour.  Crazy huh?  

For even more perspective, think of it this way...  When that light left Orion on its way for earth, it was year 669 a.d.  In year 669:

The worlds population was around 208 million people, there were still Emperors and people like Pacal the Great(7th Century)!  Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, had just died in year 632.  We as humans were still 1,210 years away from inventing the light bulb!  

To think about it in more modern terms, the tiny little light on the horizon(left hand side of an image) is a ship that would not have been build yet, and the tree in the foreground had yet to grow and die.  As a matter of fact, A LOT has happened since that light left Irion!

Next time you are out on a stargazing adventure, just remember... A LOT of time has been spent putting that scene together for you!

 

For now, another couple images from the bone yard at Hunting Island... 

 

The Milky Way of Hunting Island State ParkHunting Island State Park

 

 

 

The Milky Way over Hunting Island State ParkHunting Island State Park

 


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justin(non-registered)
Amazing shots! Hunting is probably one of the most photogenic places Beaufort has to offer!
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