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Time Lapse: Fort Union Lullaby

@ May 28, 2017

Located in the Mora Valley, just two hours east of Santa Fe, in one of the darkest, most pristine night sky regions of the US, Fort Union once protected the trade route alongside Mountain and Cimarron Branches of the old Santa Fe Trail.

The remnants of the second of three forts constructed in 1851, mostly made of fragile adobe, are protected and preserved by the National Park Service, and give us a glimpse of the tranquil grasslands, distant mountains and near perfect dark skies that soldiers stationed here once upon a time enjoyed.

The forts built here landed from 1851 to 1891 and during the Civil War was the only thing standing between Confederate Army which had taken control of Santa Fe and their potential invasion of Denver. Between March 26 to 28, 1862, Union and Confederate forces clashed at Battle of Glorieta Pass for the control of Fort Union and the Union forces won, effectively ending Confederate dream of sweeping across New Mexico. This battle is featured in Sergio Leone legendary western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

This video was filmed as part of Skyglow Project, 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, a non-profit fighting for the preservation of night skies around the globe.

Producer/Editor/Shooter: Harun Mehmedinovic
Music: Terry Devine-King

Fort Union, NM



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