Sleeping under the stars

On essential is a website where people list all their objectives in the immediate future and then gradually tick them off as each one is achieved, the fourth most popular thing that people want to do is to sleep under the stars, presumably while camping.

It’s certainly a romantic notion to fall asleep while watching the night sky shifting position as the Earth slowly rotates in the opposite direction. But, how many have actually done it?  Have you ever looked up while the icy, dusty, debris from a meteor shower came into view? Have you ever camped in a place so remote, with so little light pollution you could literally see thousands of stars. What a truly memorable experience!

I’m reminded of Emerson’s words, ” If the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them. We have seen the stars so often that we don’t bother to look at them anymore. We have grown accustomed to our blessings.”

On Monday I was outside at 3am watching the night sky while waiting for the lunar eclipse. It was a fantastic experience watching the moon slowly turn red-something to be remembered for a long time, and this was the best photograph I took that morning.

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