This image was the Earth Science Picture of the Day on NASA's EPOD website for June 30th, 2010.
A special thanks goes to Andrew S. and Shae T. for the idea of this shot.
The 15ft. Sun Singer statue can be found in the middle of a clearing at Allerton State Park in Central Illinois. This statue depicts the Greek and Roman god, Apollo. Among other things, Apollo has been recognized as a God of Light and the Sun. While Apollo is only associated with our sun, we now know that the sun the Earth orbits is no more than an average star in a vast galaxy. In fact, most of the stars we see in the night sky with the naked eye produce much more light and are much brighter than our own sun. If Apollo is really the God of Light, then just looking up at night will reveal his vast domain.
Location: Allerton State Park, IL
Camera: Canon XSi (Hap Griffin modified)
Lens: Sigma 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Mount: Still Tripod
Shot: 1x45 seconds at f/2.8 @ ISO 800
Extra Equipment Used: Narrow Beam High Intensity Spot Light.