Monday, June 14, 2010

365 Photo Project - Day 165

Taken: June 15, 2010, approx. 9:30 p.m.
Location: Healdsburg, Ca.

This is the view from our deck this night. Spring might have taken a pass on us this year, but summer seems primed and ready. Though we still haven't experienced two really hot days in a row (for which I'm grateful) the weather has been heating up, the grass in the pasture drying to a light brown.  Tonight, the moon came out in a silver sliver, the sun having disappeared leaving a multi-colored hue to the sky. You can't see it in this shot, but there was a bright light up and to the right of the moon too -- Venus maybe?

You don't really appreciate the night sky until you live in a place where you can see the night sky -- free of the lights of cities, big and small. We had a wonderful view at our old place, which was way down on the end of a long dirt road, about as far away from man-made lights as you can get around here. Up there, the sky was blacker than black, the stars shone jewel-like and you could practically count them all they were so vivid.

Here, it's more of a panoramic kind of view. Not that I'm complaining. It's pretty nonetheless. And the dark darkness was  no fun on those nights you came home late and forgot to turn the outside lights on. You could barely see your feet as you carefully stepped through the darkness. I like a little illumination in my nights. I like to see where I'm going. There's nothing like a brightly-lit moon to find your way.

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