Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hello Orion

chilly nights

extra blankets
fuzzy socks


I love Orion.
rising and setting in the late autumn sky,

a constellation

a heavenly drawing

to remind me
that God
has a flare for creating amazing beauty.

On Monday, October 22, Chris woke me up before dawn to see the Orionid.
{The Orionids are cosmic leftovers — bits of rock and ice that remain behind from Halley’s comet, 
which last passed through the inner solar system in 1986.}

I didn't get to see any shooting stars, but Chris saw three of them.
The second one he saw while I went back into the house to get my camera.
My father was sleeping in the bedroom downstairs, so I had to be very quiet.

While I tried to find the right setting, I snapped the pic above prematurely.  I was happy to see that I actually captured a few stars!  It was then that Chris spotted another shooting star.

I really like the first photo.
It is from flickr and looks so similar to our view from the backyard.
Orion was framed so beautifully between our tall white pines.

Here are two great videos I found on flickr of an Orionid meteor.

 and closer:


“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”
 Henry Van Dyke

Enjoy more skies at Sky Watch Friday!
Enjoy your weekend and always look on the brighter side of life!