At Last, the Stars

It’s been so rainy and overcast!

Early this morning, before 6, I stepped outside and saw the stars again.  I felt something akin to what Dante felt on emerging from Hell to behold the spangled heavens.  Well, that’s an exaggeration; a little rain doth not an inferno make.

But the view was still heavenly.  In particular, I was drawn to the waning moon, the dark portion clearly visible in reflected light, and east of it (right below) glorious Venus, as bright as I’ve ever seen it in my life.

The new blog header (the picture above) shows the moment, captured by a poor pocket camera.  Here is a cropped closeup.

The picture doesn’t do justice to the dazzling diamond-like brilliance of Venus, but it does clearly resolve it as a sphere.

Leo was high overhead, and the Big Dipper was pointing to Arcturus, rising up to the north of the beautiful Moon-Venus duo.

What a great way to start a busy day.  Between school work and professional writing, I hope I have time to tune the harpsichord, do some solid practicing, and chop firewood.

I would suggest that if you spend a lot of time looking down at a keyboard (be it QWERTY or chromatic) you should spend some time looking up as well.  The craft comes from the former, but the art from the latter.

About Jonathan B. Hall

Keyboard artist, sacred musician, teacher, writer, working in New York City and State. Many interests include music theory and history, literature, astronomy, genealogy, philosophy and theology, gardening, and good food. Cat lover, too.
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