Sunday, August 14, 2011


Vineyard of Stars by Amber Richards

The Stars  by Edith Södergran

When night comes
I stand on the steps and listen,
stars swarm in the yard
and I stand in the dark.
Listen, a star fell with a clang!
Don’t go out in the grass with bare feet;
my yard is full of shards.

  * * *

I am so anxious for the annual Star Party held at Silver Falls State Park, and am hoping for a clear night. It is my favorite event each summer.

Silver Falls Star Party
Saturday, August 27, 2011
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

LOCATION:   Silver Falls State Park’s Old Ranch
WHAT:         Join park staff and astronomy club members for a night of stargazing. Learn
about constellations, nebulas, and other heavenly sights. View them through
many different sizes and styles of telescopes.
SPONSORED BY:     Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club, Silver Falls State Park, and Friends of Silver Falls
COST:           $5.00 per vehicle day use fee, otherwise there is no charge.
For more information, call 503-873-8681 ext. 21 or 503-874-0201



mythopolis said...

Those meteor showers can be spectacular sometimes. It's also interesting to see the occasional satellite glide quietly by...

ds said...

Love the picture, and the poem, which I did not know. Thank you for the introduction, Lydia. Happy Sunday!

Rob-bear said...

Stars are beautiful; this picture of stars is excellent!
Reminds me of Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and of Don McLean's "Vincent," (aka "Starry, Starry Night)." Sad, haunting song.

Lydia said...

mythopolis~ I love the to see a satellite "glide quietly by" (beautiful) too. We missed the Perseid Meteor Shower this year because of full moon and light cloud cover. We have had many cloudy nights this winter. My fingers are crossed for the Star Party.

ds~ I am so happy you liked the picture and the poem, as I discovered the poet just yesterday and spent hours reading about her and reading as much as I could find of her poetry online that has been translated from Swedish to English. Time to buy a book, most definitely!

Rob-bear~ Isn't that a glorious shot?! The photographer did a fine job, and "Vincent" is perfect as background music. It is one of my favorite songs. Do you also find yourself humming or singing it, even all these years later?

SG said...

Lovely poetry!

Roxana said...

oh a star party!!! i have never been at one... you really have to let us know about it!

amazing, how photography, which is supposed to be a mirror-like reflection of reality, makes us see the world in a different way, estranged from the habitual perception - for ex. here the star falling, which we couldn't perceive with out bare eyes...

Hattie said...

Sounds like fun. Two nights ago we watched the Space Station pass over to the northwest. It was visible for five minutes.
We get good star-gazing right in our neighborhood on the Big Island of Hawaii, because we have light abatement rules because of the big telescopes on Mauna Kea that keep it dark enough for viewing.

Lydia said...

SG~ I agree with you. :)

Roxana~ I am excited for it. Hope to have a story or two to tell about it.
Such a good point you made about photography being much more than a simple mirror-like reflection of reality. It enhances and heightens our ways of seeing the world and ourselves. You are one of the best in doing this.

Hattie~ Mauna Kea and the regulations that keep it dark enough for viewing around there sound great. I am going to look up Mauna Kea! One of the reasons the Star Party is so wonderful is because there is no other light. It is in a big bowl meadow surrounded by 8000 acres of forest. It is the only time I ever see darkness like that...only once a year, how sad.

Deborah said...

What a magical night that will be! I would LOVE to be there :o)

Lydia said...

Deborah~ Oh, that would be such fun. I wish you could be there too! ***



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