Au Sable Light Station and the Milky Way


The Au Sable Light Station guards the shores of Lake Superior in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The tower was built in 1873-1874 and then an additional keepers house was added in 1909 so that two families could live there.

The Au Sable Light Station served as an important part of protecting shipping traffic along Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. It also served as a location that sailors from the shipwrecks could come to if they survived the big lake’s icy waters. As part of the way to save lives, there were a series of life stations along the shore. Daily men would walk from station to station looking for wreck survivors.

The park service has restored the area to its 1909 appearance with one glaring difference. The light is now a LED mounted on the outside of the lighthouse instead of a fresnel lens on the inside.

I thought it would look amazing to get the Milky Way behind the light, so hiked in late one night and made this picture. I hope you enjoy it.



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