Sunday, January 24, 2016

- Star gazing

I went out before dawn to get the paper, but I had an exterior motive: I wanted to see the planets aligned as they haven't been since 2005. I didn't even try to find Mercury in the trees, but I spotted Venus easily, caught a glimmer of red ... had to Mars, and Jupiter has been in my sights for a while. But where was Saturn?

In the end, I just wasn't sure which of the glimmering objects I was looking at was Saturn. What I really needed was a map. Now I have one ...

Patch #24
Planetary signs stitched over bleached dots on indigo dyed linen

And if that doesn't work, I'll use this one ...

But I still don't think I'll see Mercury.

8 comments:

Dana said...

How wonderful to be able to see the stars so clearly. Even when the clouds have lifted there is still so much moisture in the air that we only see the really bright ones. Having five planets visible at once would be fun to see. Your patch is perfect.

Liz Ackert said...

I don't take it for granted ... we're especially fortunate that our neighborhood has no street lights and we're far from urban "light pollution" so the old song gets it right:

The stars at night
Are big and bright
Deep in the heart of Texas!

Angie said...

I love your clever idea of making the patch! :)

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

your Map....brilliant, just as the Sky.....

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... welcome (back?) to the blog

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Grace ... So disappointing to wake to overcast skies this morning ... we're in Austin and I was so looking forward to showing G the planets. Hopefully next week will be clearer.

handstories said...

Well, you know I love this one! Moon's been into architecture & asked what my dream house would be like. One of the criteria would be being able to see the stars (& the sea, of course).

Liz Ackert said...

Cindy ... sorry I'm so late responding. Somehow your comment slipped by me.

So yes, a house by the sea has always been my dream. And yet somehow I find myself happier than I ever imagined, living one thousand feet above sea level. Ha!