Moving deeper into the rural countryside means that the we are treated to a brighter set of stars (or a darker canvas for them).  A simple digital camera shows some of the hints of the different colours the stars can have.  Below is a cheap digital camera’s capture of the familiar big dipper (part of the great bear).

The shapes are familiar.  They can become so familiar that we cannot help but see them when we look at the stars.  Our brains seem programmed to pick out and focus on the patterns.  But, the patterns are not obvious at first, they must be learned.  Cygnus is one that is directly over us these nights.  The giant swan is making its great migration across the heavens.  It is the swan that I am trying to etch into my memory these nights.

The thing the cheap camera can never capture is the beauty of it; the splash of the milky way, the broad sweep of the swan’s wings accross the sky and the motion of the stars blooming over the trees.

There is no moon tonight, but if there was, then I would see the Hare.  Once the Hare in the moon was shown to me it sunk into my conscious and cannot be removed.  See if you can see the hare in the moon, and once you have seen it, see if you can ever un-see it.

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