Tonight on the horizon
"How dark is the dark tonight?" asked the little raccoon?
"Not so dark," said his mother. "There is a new moon tonight, thin as the curve of a raccoon's whisker in the sky above the tree tops."
"Can I see it?" asked the little raccoon.
"No," said his mother. "You must wait. Wait till the moon is full."
"How big is the night?" asked the little raccoon.
"Very big," said his mother.
"How big is Big?" asked the little raccoon.
"Wait," said his mother. "Wait till the moon is full."
~Excerpt from Wait Till The Moon is Full
By Margaret Wise Brown
I gave myself a crash course in night photography yesterday after reading the short version booklet that goes with our big camera. I don't know if I learned anything, but I tried. I waited and waited last night for the midnight hour when the next wave of Northern Lights would come upon us, but......there were clouds. Strangely, I could see the lighter night sky glowing behind the clouds, which was very cool because there was no moon last night. Hubs and I drove out to our spot to watch, but we couldn't see The Lights. I woke up a time or two in the middle of the night to see what I could see, but all that I could see was Dark. It was cloudy. Rats! Maybe tonight. I don't know how many more nights in a row of this I can do, but I'm livin' large. I'm trying to live large.
Northern lights seen from Kennebec, S.D. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. (Photo courtesy Randy Halverson)
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