Midsummer Midnight

By: Anne Corke

Jun 17 2014


Category: Gardening, Rural Landscapes, Rural Nature

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:60 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 20D

It’s late as I descend the deck stairs and cross the patio. My bare feet are cushioned by the soft springy moss which nestles between the paving stones. Midsummer midnight. I stare up into the dark sky searching for the summer stars. Jupiter, the evening star, has already set. Venus won’t appear for a few more hours. But Mars and Saturn are there and summer constellations decorate the heavens. Aquila, the celestial eagle, stretches his wings from southeast to northwest. Cygnus the swan flies southward along the Milky Way and into the Summer Triangle. Leo the lion, Draco the dragon, Hydra the serpent and Cancer the crab sail across the night sky, a starry menagerie of mythical creatures. Scorpio the scorpion crawls across the southern sky, close to the horizon. The wind is calm. The air is cool. Peace has fallen over the hills. It is quiet but by no means silent. Night sounds abound, trilling frogs, chirping crickets, June bugs bouncing off the screens, far off cries of coyotes. I am alone but I am not. I am completely connected to the universe around me. As I lower my eyes I behold twinkling lights in the sleeping garden, fireflies tracing paths of desire across the lawns, blinking their suggestive messages back and forth, your place or mine? Magic is all around.

Photo by Derek Rowley

Copyright 2014 Anne Corke

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