Stars

I’m grateful for the American Birch just north of the house, and the stars beyond her to the west.

I’m grateful for clear dark skies between snowstorms, and the stars that shine in familiar constellations. I’m grateful for the white-barked trees I planted in my yard years ago. These aren’t great photos; they’re not even good photos. But come on! These are photographs of white-barked trees in the middle of the night with stars beyond in outer space that I shot with my telephone. There are people who might take that technology for granted, maybe people who grew up with it, but it boggles my mind. Even a few short years ago this wasn’t possible with your average cellphone, and today anyone can take pictures of stars. With a telephone.

I’m grateful for the little aspen, and the Big Dipper northeast of her.
To the southwest, Orion dances over the big juniper by the gate.

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