The Watchman by Nate Polta
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An acrylic print by travel photographer, Nate Polta.
Location: Zion National Park
Date: June 2018
About the photo: One of the most iconic geological formations in Zion National Park, The Watchman, is pictured here with the virgin river flowing beneath.
Since the invention of the light bulb, humans have illuminated the night. Though convenient, the increase in artificial light has decreased the visibility of the night sky. Nearly two-thirds of Americans today live in an area where it is difficult to see the stars because of light pollution.
Humans are not the only creatures impacted by a brighter night sky. Nocturnal animals and insects rely on darkness to hunt or hide. Circadian rhythms of many plants and animals, including humans, are all negatively affected by light pollution. National parks are some of the few places left in the country to see dark skies, and many are working to protect this endangered resource. The Colorado Plateau Dark Skies Cooperative, a voluntary partnership of agencies, communities, and individuals, was formed in 2013 to celebrate and protect the exceptional night skies found in this region.
What 's an Acrylic Print? This photo is printed on clear, digital grade acrylic measuring .220" thick. Our Acrylic Prints come standard with a recessed float mount frame ready to hang on the wall. With the inset frame, each print has the appearance of magically floating ½” off the wall. Most Acrylic Prints suck but it’s almost absurd how sharp these look. They are printed directly onto the acrylic substrate, unlike other acrylics. They’re also easy to clean. Just buff with a microfiber cloth and you are good to go.