Tuesday, March 28, 2023

MendoMoments: The Milky Way Takes Shape Over Point Arena

The Milkway Rises Above Point Arena [Photography by Jamie Rea]

Photographer Jamie Rea recalled the darkness of that night back in 2018 as he walked south of the Point Arena Lighthouse gate to capture the Milky Way taking shape over the Pacific Ocean.

He described it as a “total blackout.” In the black, Rea set up his tripod on the edge of the cliff, focusing on the bluffs of Point Arena for the foreground of the shot and capturing multiple exposures of the cosmos “to combine later for the starry background.”

That night, Rea had a desire to “see clearly into the beyond,” and the heavens proved clearer than he had ever seen.

Looking at the photograph now, Rea is reminded of the “feeling of being incredibly small.” Point Arena and the edge of the continent appear “shrunken underneath the behemoth that lurks beyond our reach.”

We are so excited to collaborate with Jamie Rea, Mendocino County-based photographer who specializes in astronomical and nature photography. As of late, he has been in the Montgomery Woods and Russian Gulch State Park photographing waterfalls and mushrooms.

His portfolio can be seen on his website at www.jamiereaphotography.com. Prints of his amazing work can be purchased as well.

Follow him at his Instagram below to see more of his work:

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Jamie Rea (@prophetic_fotos) • Instagram photos and videos

And now, as usual, we leave you with a literary tribute to today’s MendoMoment. The following poem was untitled written by A.E. Housman, an English poet who lived from 1858-1935:

Stars, I have seen them fall,
But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
From all the star-sown sky.
The toil of all that be
Helps not the primal fault;
It rains into the sea,
And still the sea is salt.

MendoMoments, is dedicated to showcasing the land, animals, and people that make up Mendocino County. All Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to participate. Send photographs to matthewplafever@gmail.com including a description of what your photograph depicts, where it was taken, and any other important details.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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