Monday, June 02, 2014

Didja See That Moon?

Misty sunrise over the long lawn

Night before last I paused on the stair landing for a look out over the dusky valley. I do this pretty much every night, except in winter, when the frost flowers obscure the view.

Had to gasp in astonishment at what I saw. The little crescent moon hung, half shrouded by misty clouds, just above the horizon. Perfectly lined up above it were the only four stars in the sky. The top one bent off to the Northeast just a bit, forming a perfect gold and silver spoon in the sky.

I called to sleepy folks to come and see, but it had been a long day and no one did. I was weary too....too tired to go back outside with the camera and try to photograph the phenomenon. Alas.

But it was wonderful, really it was. I fell asleep thinking of all the wonders that surround us every day and night. What a privilege to be a noticing sort....there is so much out there to bring joy to the heart.

Last night I climbed the lower flight of stairs, full of anticipation that it might be there again. I wasn't so sleepy. I would get the camera.

But no, the stars were there. The moon was there. But the juxtaposition was not. Guess it was a one-time thing of serendipity.

I'm glad I saw it.


Rev. Paul said...

I'm glad you saw it, too - so you could tell us. :)

Dani said...

So many people miss out on all the wonders of nature. Sad.

Dani said...

So many people miss out on all the wonders of nature. Sad.

Cathy said...

That picture is a dream. And you 'live' it.

And YES! I saw that moon. My astronomer son was home and ran me to the window. It's a very unusual event. I got a 'so-so' picture.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

You have a rare gift for paying attention, for finding the open windows that lead you to amazement and gratitude and joy. And also the gift of eloquence, so that you can share your gratefulness, amazement, and joy with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

threecollie said...

Rev. Paul, it was SO cool!

Dani, how do people live in cities? It boggles my mind....

Cathy, Oh, oh, I am SO glad someone else noticed! And I would love to hear his explanation and see your photos. It was so amazing! And I saw so sleepy. I knew I should go back downstairs and get the camera, but I just couldn't.

Jacqueline, thank YOU so much for your kind words. I love the outdoors...and I am so grateful to get to live in the middle of it.