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.
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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:
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