"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." -Vincent van Gogh
For astrophotographer Mike Taylor in central Maine, that quote is very true. When most people are fast asleep Mike is out capturing stunning and surreal night sky photos so incredible van Gogh himself would have been in awe. Featuring millions of sparkling stars and vibrant curtains of color, his images look more like a fantasy painting than a photograph. Some say he is lucky because each night he captures something magical; a vivid fireball that appears from nowhere, a captivating aurora dancing with the Milky Way or airglow illuminating the dark sky.
Light pollution harms more than just photos. It creates unseen problems on all life on Earth, including humans. Astrophotographer Mike Taylor has been battling the blaring light for years while taking photos of the night sky. Along with Stellar Eyes and many other photographers and sky gazers he joined the International Dark-Sky Association to advocate for dark skies. Here is his message on the importance of a dark sky.