Last week we went to a star party. We looked at Jupiter, a banded pearl set with four diamonds. We saw Andromeda, a smudge. We also got to see different globular clusters and open star clusters. Beautiful.
Fall and winter is the time of year for star gazing, if you can stand the cold.
Fall also brings out the colors in the grasses. These are over four feet tall, lit by the last rays of the sun.
Our dog, Ursa, is no small beast. At 100 pounds of love and adoration she easily disappears as she snuffles and snorts among the golden stalks. Can you see her in the above picture? Below she sits patiently waiting.
Just down the road is Camp Meeting Creek. We cross it every time we have to go anywhere and always look to see who is visiting. Sometimes it's a great blue heron. In the winter, mallards, wood ducks, and pin tails spend the days here safe from hunters and predators. A few days ago I saw this pretty, a snowy egret.
He waded in slow motion through the water and just by chance I caught this picture. It's hard to see, but there's a fish in his beak.