Not enough time to blog these days, I have been star-struck. What, have I been around movie stars or something? NO, I mean real stars, you know, the ones in the sky? For the past two mornings, when I am usually at my computer, I have been outside looking out at the beautiful sky. We live on a high hill and when I stepped out and saw the quarter moon on Monday morning, there was bright Jupiter just beneath it. And twenty-five degrees over, the three bright stars in a row...Orion's Belt. There is a lot of light in our night sky, from streetlights and also from the light from a busy highway that we are close to, so I was very happy to observe these for the past two mornings. This morning, the moon was waning, but it was still very bright and beautiful. And even with all the lights, because it was clear, I was able to see lots of stars, which was very exciting for me. (So much more exciting than taking out cat litter, which is what made me be outside so early on Monday morning.)
You will never hear me describe something as being twenty-five degrees from something, but in my reading on astronomy, I have read that one fist equals ten degrees so by that reckoning, Orion's Belt was 2 1/2 fists to the right so...twenty-five degrees, right? Please forgive me if any of this information is not correct, Richard is the one who knows astronomy, not me! (The three stars have names and they are: Mintaka, Alnitak, and Alnilam.)
And this last photo might look like an alien planet...but it is from the top of Stone Mountain and that is Atlanta in the distance. This was taken just this past Sunday on the most beautiful day! Wait until you see the yellow daisies, they were at their peak and they covered the mountain in a magnificent display. They deserve their own post, so look out for the yellow daisies...it reminded us of being on our bluebell walk in England, only with yellow flowers instead of blue. Oh, and they smelled heavenly!