Milky Way Season opener at Tettegouche State Park

Confession time. . . I have known about this place for a while now, but avoided it as I always felt like it was a shot that everyone had. Well I finally cracked and decided that it was time to get a milky Way photo here. I do want to stress that the trail that leads up to this feature is a little sketchy over the winter months. It’s a narrow trail that often gets covered in layers of ice from the waves crashing up on it. I would suggest legitimate trekking crampons to avoid disastrous consequences. When I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed that there were a handful of other cars and figured I would run into group other photographers. Fearing the worst, I made my way down to the lake and found that I was completely alone. I slowly made my way out to the point, set up my rig, and then just waited for the galactic core to make it’s way above the horizon. I won’t lie, it is a bit unnerving to be standing alone in the dark on an ice covered piece of land that is at most 3 feet wide. You can’t see anything, but you know that you are at least 20 feet up from the ice cold water of Lake Superior. Once I got my image, I noticed that another photographer had set up down the beach a bit and I figured that he would probably prefer if I was not in his image. So I opted to go try some other locations that I had scouted out ahead of time and then maybe check in with that photographer. After capturing three more images that I liked, I was able to touch base with that photographer and was happy to see that it was Scott Pearson ( ). He was shooting a panorama of the Milky way and his resulting image was fantastic. I wasn’t all that tired yet, so I hiked around in the twilight trying to decide on whether I was stick around for a sunrise or go home to get a couple more hours of sleep.

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