Friday, 23 December 2011

Awesome morning sky

The awesome sky -

Every once in awhile I just have to sing sky praises. Today I watched the sun come up – stood on the deck wrapped against the cold and monitored the sky lightening in the East and the little pat of butter spread into a sun. It cleared the horizon at 9:17 am CST.

I was hoping to catch a glimpse of Mercury but there was just enough cloud wisps in the Eastern sky to block any stars.

Yesterday, in a breathtakingly clear morning, the “fingernail” moon hovered just above the horizon – holding the “old moon” in it's cradle. About one hand width (outstretched arm) to the left, Mercury blinked into view even as I watched!

The last time we saw Mercury distinctly like this was in Cuba from the top of our resort. It was the first SRPC Rural Critical Care.

Ranking lower on the scale of delightful wonderment, I counted a dozen jet-streams, markers of both our love affair with air travel and also of the most carbon-intensive means of travel. It would be impossible to have an unblemished photograph of the sunrise.

Can't cut the trails out of the sky - so it's all good!