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North Country Dreamland: Northern Lights and the skies of Northern Michigan

I am going to guess that the video below is the most incredible thing you will see today, and quite likely for many days. There’s lots more about photographer Shawn Stockman Malone of Lake Superior Photo and this project below, but first please settle back, click the full screen view at the bottom right and enjoy her amazing video, North Country Dreamland.

North Country Dreamland from LakeSuperiorPhoto on Vimeo.

Shawn explains that her first time lapse compilation of scenes of night sky events from Northern Michigan 2012 took a year to shoot. With over 10,000 photos making up 33 scenes, it includes multiple northern lights, meteor showers, nebulae, constellations, the Milky Way, Venus and Jupiter, comet Pan-Starrs and shots over both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

As she shot these sequences, she encountered sparring moose clashing their antlers on Isle Royale, howling wolves, beavers and even a fishing blue heron that appears in the video. She writes

Rare pairings caught on camera include ribbons of aurora above a full moon fogbow on the horizon of Lake Superior, the aurora and an isolated singular lightning storm cloud over Lake Superior, and the aurora and Milky Way in several scenes including Copper Harbor, Marquette, Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks, and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.

…When one thinks of locations to go view the aurora, most people think of Alaska or Norway, but in 2012, the auroras were also over the Michigan skies every month except December- (which the aurora was out then too, but that’s when our run of clouds moved in and shut me down for the year, and that cloudy streak still persists well into Spring 2013). makes everything recorded in 2012 extra special indeed.

All scenes are within 200 miles or so of my home in Marquette, Mi. and I feel very blessed to live where I do and to share the beauty that I see ‘in my own backyard’ with you. I hope it inspires others to take time to find the beauty that is everywhere around us and also to raise an awareness about the importance of preserving our night wondrous starlit skies.

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