20 February 2011

orion is GORGEOUS tonight

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I pity city dwellers whenever I look up at night.

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love, 99
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15 comments:

  1. Orion is by far my favorite constellation and even though I am in the city he is bright and clear overhead right now!

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  2. I know. It and the Big Dipper are about all you can see from the city anymore, but here they are in their diamond setting and it's a knockout! It would be EVEN better if we were up at about 8000 feet. THEN you almost can't pick out the constellations because the sky is nearly white with stars.

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  3. THEN you almost can't pick out the constellations because the sky is nearly white with stars.

    In the desert about 40 miles east of Phoenix I had trouble getting to sleep because it was so bright just from the stars.

    When camping in the Sierras it is always a treat to wake up in the middle of the night and go outside to view the sky. Not as awesome as the desert due to the trees, but still beautiful.

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  4. You want to sleep outta the tent and out in a clearing or on an outcropping. Fucking dropdead amazing. A little on the damp side in the morning though. I think the last time I did it was across the highway from Kirkwood in the early fall. No people. No noise. Stars. Insanely everywhere stars. If I were wealthy I think I'd ask the astronauts to spread my ashes in space, but there are some places right here on earth pretty good for that action too.

    There's a beach near Tofino, B.C. or maybe at Rose Spit on Haida Gwaii....

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  5. Spent a couple nights here and the stars are very loud. Stunning. Oh and no railing or wall at the edge, just straight down.

    http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/grand_canyon/tuweep.html

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  6. I'd love to have been there. I have been making my way there a couple times when sidetracked by circumstance, so only have gazed longingly across the canyon toward it... so far....

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  7. Yes Sacramento's fucking lights cut out vision.
    You can go 15 min in certain directions and get away from it though.
    New Telescope owner here.
    You know my previous work with the hand held miniDV.
    Wish I had that adapter. Still don't.

    ~p

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  8. I love being able to see the different colors of the stars and the blur of them that make his sword look like a sword.

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  9. My mother proposed at dinner last night that we look into all these new planets they're discovering out there. You'd have to know my mother to get just how amazing that statement was.

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  10. Nothing in my life has come close to the hike I made from the South rim of the canyon, across the Colorado then up to the North Rim through Bright Angel Canyon.

    The first three days were a contemplation on the wonders of the world including an uneasy meeting with spirits which chased my girlfriend and I out of a hidden side canyon.

    The fourth day was a contemplation on death since the squirrels had eaten all of our food prior to our hike out in a rain and sleet storm - 9 miles, 3,000 foot climb in mud, arriving on the North Rim in a raging blizzard. Complete white-out, no sign of buildings, our friends who were to pick us up or any type of shelter.

    We said our goodbyes and prepared to die. After about an hour or so we heard a snow plow, behind the plow was my van with our friends. The plow driver would have never come in since the park was not officially open yet, but he came across the van stuck in a ditch and our friends told him we were due to be coming out of the canyon.

    Sally and I collapsed in the back of the van until we ended up at a Chinese Smorgy where we about devoured the whole line!

    I'd do it again in second if this old body could make it, but alas, I think it's too worn out for that one...

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  11. This would explain why our imaginations don't wear out as we age....

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  12. That's why I end up in Tuweep the North Rim was closed do to snow. I live out in the country but as they build ranchettes around me they all seem to have street lights at their houses, very strange.

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  13. 5,000 watt lights no less!

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  14. City people are always made terrified by the darkness and the silence. They end up with those monster klieg lamps and TVs blasting. Whereas, for us country folk, the lights and the noise drive us nuts. All in what you become accustomed to, I guess. Fucking filthy waste of blessed silence and gorgeous darkness. When the starlight or moonlight is bright enough, you can see all the greens from daylight in a completely new way. It's mystical. It heals yer achin' heart. But NOT with people afraid of themselves. Nope.

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  15. FUCK IT
    sacxtra.dyndns.tv
    ~p (as if I need)

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