N is for Night...
A time when the world is a bit quieter..
a time of quiet singing , when we can hear the crickets and small frogs singing, and if we're lucky the soft hoot of an owl, or the sweet song of a howling wolf...
a time of brilliant skies, full of stars that are hidden by the harsh light of the sun,
and in the summer, blissfully cooler temperatures.
It is also a time when my camera takes wholly useless pictures in natural light.
N is also for Nebula ... which you can really only see in the night sky -- with a lot of help. My camera can't take these pictures at all... so I refer you to the pros (again)
This is the Double Helix Nebula -- it is found in the Milky Way
(original picture from here )
How cool is that? your DNA pattern in the stars!
A more commonly known nebula is the Orion Nebula
(The original of this was here)
There are dozens of pictures of this all over the web. They don't all look the same to me, but what do I know? not much, I just think nebulae are beautiful!
Here, taken from here is the Bug Nebula
It looks like a giant moth wing to me... or perhaps an angel's wing (fairy's wing?) The luminescence, of course, makes it magical.
This is the Cat's Paw Nebula (which I found here)
NOW I totally get the cats paw lace pattern!
And far from finally, is the Witch Head Reflection Nebula (which I found here)
There are many many more nebulae out there -- and enough pictures to fill a dozen blog posts. Though I could spend hours at it, I'm guessing that not all of you find these pictures fascinating enough to spend hours looking at what I find ... those who do may be inspired to troll the web with me looking for more stunning pictures. For the rest -- I'll try to get back to Vermont photos or knitting updates or something soon.