Still Learning To See

The heavens move

The weather was perfect today to see the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun! I have found I can photograph the sun directly only clouds are in front of it. Fortunately, large cumulus clouds have been blowing across the sky all day with big patches of blue in between so making the photographs is simply a matter of waiting for the right moment and then doing a bit of image post-processing.

Mercury, a small dot, could be seen to appear moving from upper left to lower right.

At 11:30 it looked like this:


At 1:30 it looked like this:



And at 1:50 it looked like this:


Imagine having to keep track of the entire universe! I wonder at times if some part of us—like the rest of creation—is not fully aware of these kinds of complexities in our subconscious but we’ve simply forgotten it. Do the Goldfinches in my yard this morning or the newly born Praying Mantis I found or the Bloodroot we saw blooming yesterday all know today is the day that Mercury makes a transit of the moon? Some part of me suspects they do.

This entry was published on May 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm. It’s filed under John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Moon, Vermont and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “The heavens move

  1. Amazing little dot of a planet, bravely racing across the fiery sun. I’m sure that on a subliminal level, all is registering as small tugs and pulls, which we barely notice.

  2. Dale on said:

    Very, very cool. Helps remind us that we are not alone.

  3. Deborah Leu on said:


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