Lighthouse Milky Way

Lighthouse, Salt Lake and Milky Way with the Large Magellanic Cloud (left).

Lighthouse, Salt Lake and Milky Way with the Large Magellanic Cloud (left).

Alone in the dark on an island, cycling around with my astrophotography gear, here I am looking out over a salt lake in front of me to a lighthouse in the distance. You can see a split in the beam of the lighthouse due to the particular refraction of the light coming from the lighthouse, and a big looming mass of cloud on the right encroaching from the north and threatening to put an end to my night.

The usual suspects of the Large Magellanic Cloud and our Milky Way are in the sky, along with the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, which is just setting in the west (to the right of he lighthouse).

This photograph was taken on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. The island has several inland salt lakes like the one shown and also has two lighthouses, this being the only operational one. Cycling is the main form of transport on the island with no cars accessible to the general public. Cycling at night is not common and certainly on this case I think I was the only crazy person out and about cycling around the island in the dead of night!