M I C H A E L 📸 B A R N E T T @themilkywaychaser

Life in CHARLESTON SC 📸🌅 & Beyond🗺! Star chaser and Loggerhead sea turtle conservationist, with a little 🎥👰 on the side. DM for projects!

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2 weeks ago

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower May 2018 as seen from that ole WWII gun turret on Sullivans Island. I sat on the beach all night to watch this shower and the Milkyway rise and then caught a plane to the west coast at 7am. I remember being tired for weeks after this starry night. I dont think I even looked at the pictures until the following weekend, but it'll remain an awesome memory and one of the most amazing things I've ever seen from the sand on Sullivans. . . The peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower is tonight and of course the moon is out and the humidity is in full bloom😒. But if you're feeling foxy, get to the beach around 4 am when the moon goes down.... you can see some meteors, watch the sunrise, and then be the first one in line for coffee! What a way to start tha day! @charlestonmag #tagthemag

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2 weeks ago

There are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on Earth. Actually, there may be more galaxies in the sky than there are grands of sand on Earth. Either way, the night sky is pure magic to watch if you can find a dark enough place! . . #themilkywaychaser #stargazing #astrophotography #discovernc #theouterbanks #obx #hatteras #photopills #astrophoto #nightscape #nightshots #milkyway #nightshooterz #natgeospace #stars #exploretocreate #theglobewander #nightimages #lighthouse

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3 weeks ago

What a year for turtles! Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is at 3,300 🐢 nests and still counting. Some volunteers are out there from sun up to 🌅 no matter the weather/temp and we all know what that has felt like this summer. Amazing work by amazing people and the entire coast of South Carolina is seeing the pay off, with the most nests recorded in a single year since turtle conservation began here in the early 1970s. The big question: what are the elevated temperatures doing to the sex of these hatchlings? Is it possible the vast majority of hatchlings in 2019 will be female? It’s certainly possible as warmer sand breads females. Any impact a change in climate might have on the sex of these turtles will likely not be measurable for at least 20 years. Anyway, one step at a time (Or one flipper in front of the other 😎 ). . . #wildlifephotography #seaturtles #loggerhead #charleston #chstoday #southcarolina #lowcountry #discoversc #charlestonsc #conservation #wildlifephotography #sc #sunset @usfws @scdnr #explorecharleston #exploretocreate #aquatech_imagingsolutions #52weeksofnature #artofvisuals #depthobsessed #createcommune #theimaged #ig_color #welivetoexplore

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3 weeks ago

About 1% of loggerhead hatchlings survive to sexual maturity (35ish years ). It’s a near impossible journey to make....so I gave this one a little protection from the 🦅 on his/her way over the start line. See you in 30 years little one 🤙🏼. . . #seaturtle #loggerhead #wildlifephotography #southcarolina #saltlife #conservation #turningthingsaround #wildlife #oceanlife #ocean #wildlifeconservation #seaturtleconservation #scdnr #fathomlesslife #protectouroceans #livetheadventure #charlestonsc #charleston #exploresouthcarolina #nature #alphacollective

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last month

When you think about Art, what comes to mind? Your favorite sculpture or architecture? Your favorite Movie? How much a Picasso is worth? Or that time you went on a class trip to the Louvre in July and the AC was broken? Whatever it is you think about, art is appreciated, in all its forms, on some level, by all of us. • When I think of art I think of Rembrandt, the first time I laid eyes on one of his paintings, and how it changed my view of the world and everything in it. I think about how someone stole “The Storm On The Sea of Galilee” not because the painting was worth millions, but because it was beautiful. Rembrandt captured light with such stunning accuracy that you often don’t realize what you’re actually looking at is a painting. • If Dutch painters like Rembrandt had had access to modern cameras how would that have changed their style and what would we have lost? The amount of time it took them to capture and record what they were seeing meant an attention to detail and awareness that photography is requiring less and less. How have modern cameras and photoshop changed our perception of beauty and what’s real? . #levitation #mirrorimage #explorecharleston #exploretocreate #52weeksofnature #heatercentral #fatalframes #artofvisuals #depthobsessed #createcommune #theimaged #ig_color #welivetoexplore #thelensbible #moodygrams #charleston #southcarolina #charlestonsc #sullivansisland

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June 2019

South Carolina’s coastline is always changing and that’s part of the magic. Sand shifts, dunes move and (mostly ) shrink in size, and inanimate objects constantly drift onto the beach. In this case, it was a battered old sailboat, shipwrecked under the stars ✨. . . #coastline #charlestonsc #southcarolina #lowcountry #exploretocreate #explorecharleston #chs #southerncharm #galaxy #astro #travelwell #chucktown #majestic #shipwrecked #coastalliving #milkywaychasers #holycity #charleston #photooftheday #milkyway #stars #naturephotography #astrophotography #landscape #driftwood #nature #beach #sonyalpha #photopills #stranded

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May 2019

Charleston, what a place to watch a sunset! The lowcountry skyline cross crossed by contrails one recent spring evening. Anyone know why contrails sometimes stay around for hours?..... Sublimation. . . #charleston #charlestonsc #southcarolina #lowcountry #travel #explorecharleston #chs #southerncharm #instagood #southern #travelwell #chucktown #charlestoneats #photooftheday #coastalliving #lifestyle #holycity #charleston #photooftheday #instagood #picoftheday #naturephotography #travel #landscape #sunset #nature #beach #sunsets #swag

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May 2019

Skyglow from Charleston on Saturday night, blotting out the starry sky and keeping me awake 😳. Light pollution grows on average about 2% every year (globally ) and it is affecting my view, wildlife, and probably our eye sight. But light pollution isn’t a constant and aerosols in the atmosphere can make the glow much more intense on occasion. Max out humidity (like this past Sat ) and you get a glow like this. . . #ourplanetdaily #astronomy #nightshooters #stargazing #milkyway #nightphotography #astrophotography #milkywaychasers #charleston #explorecharleston #charlestonphotographer #nightscape #photopills #exploretocreate #charlestonsc #lowcountryliving #camping #night_shooterz

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May 2019

The pollen is gone, the ocean is warm, the boat is fixed, and the sunsets are late enough in the day that you don’t have to watch them from traffic. Welcome to May in Charleston. . . #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #beachlife #chasingsunsets #sunsets #southcarolina #lowcountryliving #chs #nature #livingthedream #charlestonphotographer #throughthelens #moodygrams #thecreatorclass #cloudscape #theglobewanderer #charlestonsc #may #justgoshoot #livetheadventure

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May 2019

@usfws @annelouisecotterill and I trying to locate the nest of one massive loggerhead sea turtle. She pushed up so much sand on her way up the beach that the exact location of her clutch took 20 mins to find, but then that’s the point of millions of years of evolution (to hide them, and hide them well ). Hatchlings face near impossible odds once their born, so a little camouflage, while their still eggs, can go along way. . . A remote part of the South Carolina coast, it’s hot, it’s buggy, and there’s no place to hide when storms roll in. . . #southcarolina #wildlifeconservation #ocean #loggerhead #seaturtle #conservation #landscapephotography #charlestonphotographer #seaturtleconservation #natgeoyourshot #yourshotphotographer #nature @natgeoyourshot

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