When two friends and I decided to take an SLR camera out to McKinney Falls State Park, we had in mind a long five hours of tediously taking photographs of the sky, and with little confidence any would turn out to be worthwhile. We arrived at a large limestone plateau and set down our gear to set up the camera. Aiming it at two different portions of the sky, we sat patiently clicking the shutter button with nothing but ourselves and the sky to occupy us. At first, we seemed bored, but soon became fascinated once the sun set and a plethora of stars emerged. Fascinated, we sat and observed the sky as it rolled overhead. As mesmerizing as this experience was, it was hard for me to grasp that opportunities like this one may not be available for people in the future. As it was at the time, the sky was somewhat polluted by surrounding city lights, even though we were far outside of town. It occurred to me that we take such beautiful scenes for granted, and thought nothing better than to submit the photos taken on that night to raise to people's attention how important preserving our night skies really is. Attached is a link to said pictures, shown part in still and in motion, but nonetheless beautiful in either depiction.

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