Still Learning To See

Look to the heavens

IMGP9016When all here on Earth seems such a mess, I often look to the heavens for a sense of what is really real. Certainly long after I am gone and, sad to even imagine it, long after humans are gone, this new moon will continue to set against the scrim of a Spring sky in conversation with the trees and mountains below.

I hope for enough clear sky today to see Mercury in transit across the face of the  sun! Below is a photograph I made of the transit of Venus in June of 2012. What a wonderful way to put our small lives into a different and valuable perspective!


This entry was published on May 9, 2016 at 8:03 am. It’s filed under Camel's Hump, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Moon, North Street, Spring, Sunset, Trees, Vermont and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Look to the heavens

  1. Julia on said:

    As always, your wisdom shines, John. Here’s one of my favorite Whitman poems that expresses the same idea:

    When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
    When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns
    before me;
    When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add,
    divide, and measure them;
    When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he
    lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
    How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
    Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
    In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
    Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

    Walt Whitman

  2. Kate Conway on said:

    Very cool photo of the sun and Mercury!

    • Many thanks, Ashley. I will certainly submit some work. I’ve had work purchased under the same program and it hangs in rooms at Central Vermont Medical Center. A fine, fine thing this is!

  3. Deborah Leu on said:

    Wonderful and inspiring, as always!

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