2d ago

How have I never heard of Dry Tortugas National Park until now? It’s a little over 100 km west of Key West, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s pretty remote, accessible only by boat or seaplane, and has an interesting history. It’s the location of Fort


On a remote island hours away from Key West lies the largest masonry structure in the Americas: Fort Jefferson. Built with 16 million bricks, but never finished, the fort served as a prison during Civil War. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, upon visiting the island, named it a National Monument, and in 1992 it became part of Dry Tortugas National Park. Besides serving as a safe haven for the most preserved coral reef in the United States, the set of islands that comprise the national park also protect countless marine animals and bird species. However, the true treasure of this amazing place was noted by one of its most famous prisoners, Dr. Samuel Mudd, who once noted that the the only escape from the hell of this prison was gazing at the night skies. Today, Dry Tortugas National Park is the darkest spot on the east coast. This video was filmed as part of SKYGLOW, an ongoing crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible dark sky areas in North America. This project is being produced in collaboration with International Dark-Sky Association. You can support SKYGLOW by visiting WWW.SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM The film was shot on Canon 5DSR & 5DIII cameras & lenses sponsored by Canon USA, aided by Alpine Labs' Michron, powered by Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini. LRTimelapse was used to process some of the shots. High resolution stills can be found here: Credits: Producer/Editor/Shooter: Harun Mehmedinovic Music: Terry Devine-King Special Thanks: Kelly Clark & Nick Fuechsel National Park Service Semezdin & Sanja Mehmedinovic Matt Walker & Pierangelo Pirak Aaron McNally & Canon USA Kevin Noble & Paul C. Buff Inc. Greg Horvath & Alpine Labs International Dark-Sky Association Northern Arizona University State Of Florida Locations: Dry Tortugas National Park, FL