Saturday, September 16, 2006


Last night Sarah and I walked at twilight. First we checked out the northwest side of the creek, where a deer herd feeds. Then we walked over the dam and inventoried the resident birds of our lake. Our walks are never complete until we locate and count each one. Six swans? Check! Two domestic ducks? Check! Five mallards? Where? There!

We ended our walk on her deck, contemplating the star-laden sky. Sarah says she never fails to see a shooting star. She's good at spotting them and usually sees some that I don't. But not this night! I stretched out, face up and counted five. Wow! And the last one? Unbelievable. It was wide and long and burst into orange-red flames just as it came to the horizon. I've never seen anything like it! It was a beautiful evening. Sarah's deck makes an excellent star-gazing platform.

Photo by J P Stanley @flickrCC

Unbelieveable! I think I've seen one, 1, uno in my lifetime! That's not fair! I guess I just don't know how to spot them!
Betty, I read in the paper recently that there was going to be unusual activity in the night sky. I'm sure that the explanation for the 5 shooting stars I saw and the 2 Sarah saw.
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