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!


Diana said...

Well we haven't seen Maria in a while have we??? I know you must be busy but it's good to hear from you and to gaze at the stars with you Maria! I love star gazing and I do it nightly while walking the dogs.
It's been awhile since I've seen a shooting star! And your photo came out good, I can't take night photos with my camera. That's one thing I wish I could do with it, so I really enjoyed yours!
Love Di ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear Maria! It is so good to see you again! I had been thinking of you yesterday! I have not had a chance to look up into the stars as much as I would like must make an effort at night to GET UP from that comfortable seat to just watch...thank you for this glimpse at God's lovely work above our heads that we often miss because we simply do not look up enough.

So good to see you back and how is school? Anita

francis said...

You are my STAR Maria .
I love how you always share the wonder of our sky with us ...
mostly the day-sky ...and now the night ......
I live in a big city and overhere there is too much light from the city
but when I am with my sisters who live in the country it's a whole other world.
But also overhere where I live ....I often talk to you in my mind when I see beautiful clouds !
Thank you for sharing this
You are so blessed to have your husband who loves you and shares this with you !
Lots of love from me to you

myletterstoemily said...

the heavens certainly do declare the
glory of God!

It's me said...

God is great !!...where have you been ??? love love

Wanda said...

You were missed and loved. You are a bright a shinning star.

Linda said...

I've missed you too Maria.
I love looking at the stars. We have a great view here in Texas. However, every time they tell us there will be shooting stars, I stand outside in the early morning hours in my nightgown and bathroom vainly searching the skies. I never seem to find them :)
So thank you for sharing yours!

Barb said...

There you are, Maria - I see you've been star gazing! (Busy at school, too, I presume.) Hope you have a relaxing star-filled weekend. (I hear the East Coast might get a storm.)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MARIA! Oh how good to see you this morning! My goodness, you have had your hands full with school and family responsibilities. I hope that your father is doing much better, but his new transition will no doubt require more of your attention. I wish you peace and rest in the coming holidays to come! I go in today to sub in my old school in a third grade French class.

Many hugs and I hope you are safe in the coming storm; I heard the east was going to get hit....maybe just the coast

LOVE! Anita

francis said...

Maria I can only HOPE and PRAYER
I am watching CNN all the time and cannot believe all I see .
I realize how very very small Holland is compared to your country .
Wishing you well Maria

Dixie said...

Magnificent is God's light... and the stars of His creation. :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MARIA! I AM SO RELIEVED TO HEAR FROM YOU and see your comment! Thank you for visiting!

I have been worried about you, wondering if you have been without power. I just know that last year, you were affected by a storm similar to this current one. I am happy to know you are well! So you visited family! EXCELLENT! And your meatball adventure sounds VERY are encouraging me to make some red sauce, RIGHT NOW!!!! It is getting chilly here, so I think a good red sauce with pasta is in order!

Yes, I am praying for our dear goodness, how frightening, but we will trust in our LORD to bring to LIGHT what the trouble is.

I pray YOU have a great week at school and that in the coming weeks, your Thanksgiving will be a delight for all.

Many hugs, Maria! Anita

francis said...

Yes Maria For sure we are having our friend in our thoughts and prayers .
Lots of love for your new year Maria
Happy birthday

koralee said...

Just had to pop over here and send you a Happy Birthday wish....hope your day was filled with much so deserve it. I just have a sweet picture in my head of your darling dad singing happy birthday to you. xoxoox

Pearl Maple said...

Great collection of night photos, you did well to capture all those deligthful details. Hope all is well in your world.

Martina said...

Maria, hi! Thank you for your sweet visit, i missed you. These starts are amazing and i find Orion magical too. Here, the sky is under thick clouds since days - i miss the clarity. Have a winderful weekend!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

A little and sweet Sunday wish for you, dear Maria. Wishing you a calm and lovely day xxx

koralee said...

Oh sweet was your NYC time????? Can't wait to hear...such joy with your girls. xox