Confession: I’m afraid of the dark.
Well, I’m not afraid of the dark per se, I’m afraid of what could possibly lie in it. Maybe I’ve watched one too many horror movies, or I haven’t quite grown out of my diaper days and still have an overactive imagination. Whatever it is that makes me uncomfortable with darkness, it’s cost me a ton of money spent on night lights! Not only that, but I’ve also missed out on late night adventures simply because I couldn’t handle the thought of anything going wrong in the absence of light.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been exploring Alberta by night recently, despite my nyctophobia. (I know, right? Who am I?) Right now, you’re probably assuming one of two things …
- I’m actually dead on the inside and have been desensitized to any and every emotion that a human being should be capable of feeling, whether it be happiness, depression, or even fear.
- I’ve decided to conquer my fear of the darkness because the fact that we exist in this universe is a miracle in and of itself. And what better way to appreciate our existence than astrophotography?
I’m proud to say that the reason for all of my sleepless nights chasing auroras, meteor showers, and the Milky Way have been due to the latter!
(But I’m giving myself too much credit. I really wouldn’t be able to hike to all of these beautiful destinations without a handy dandy headlamp.)
Now I’m no expert on astrophotography, but if there’s one thing to know, it’s that the sky must be pitch black before you can get a half-decent shot of the stars.
Yes, it’s frightening to be out in the wilderness completely submerged in total blackness.
Yes, the pounding of your heart will be louder than the coyotes howling in the night.
Yes, the late night memories you’re able to capture with your friends makes it all worth it.
“It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.”
– Richard Evans
Happy World Photo Day! If you enjoyed this, make sure to share it with someone you would stargaze with!
P.S. – Alberta is just as breath-taking during the day! Don’t believe me? Check out my Top Destinations in Banff, Alberta!
Astrophotography by: Francis Ymbang Jr.
Written by: Lulu Beltran