Billions Upon Billions of Stars
To me this photograph is a story of life on Earth, a unique planet in the Galaxy, and our civilization (the light on the horizon). But also it reminds us that most of us have lost connection to purely natural night sky due to increasing light pollution. To many the Milky Way is no longer visible and the sky became a forgotten part of nature. It is an essential element of our environment, worthy to preserve. Here the Milky Way stands above a misty seasonal lakebed in Australia, New South Wales, with light of a mine on the horizon. The Magellanic Clouds are on the left.