Wednesday, December 03, 2008

We Have The Moon and The Stars



We went to Palm Springs over the Thanksgiving holidays and the night skies were extraordinary, highlighted by the rare conjunction of a brightly shining Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon on Monday night.



It was enough to make one reconsider astrology.

6 comments:

namastenancy said...

Lucky you to see that so clearly! I love looking at our skies at night; the only reason I'd want to live out of the city - and in a rural isolated place- is to see the heavens spread above me in all their glory. Well, other reasons for living outside of SF include a more affordable (if boring) life style, clean air and no noisy neighbors.

Kit Stolz said...

Great pictures! Did you manage that with a digital camera? If so, please tell us not-so-accomplished picture takers how to do it...

Matty Boy said...

I saw Venus and Jupiter blazing at twilight here in Oakland, even through all the haze and light pollution. Very beautiful even here, but a palm tree makes it nicer.

sfmike said...

Dear Kit: It's just an old Sony digital camera, and I amped up the lighting slightly in Photoshop so that you could see the dusk. Otherwise, it didn't strike me as that tricky a shot. Plus, as far as I'm concerned, you're a better photographer than me.

Dear Matty and Nancy: Palm trees and no ambient light really did make it look like a nativity scene from a Biblical epic.

R2K said...

: )

Kit Stolz said...

You're way too kind, Mike...I'm truly not a photographer, and I've never used Photoshop. But for the first time ever, I want to try. I think it's time to break out the tripod, too...