Last night was beautiful. The weather was warm and the sky was clear. I looked up at Venus as she made her way toward the western horizon. She had sisters with her–the ones that we call the Pleiades. With camera on tripod, I used a 30-second exposure to capture the scene.
At first glance, I saw only six of the seven (Pleiades) sisters. Celaeno, the dimmest of the lot is there midway between Taugeta and Electra on the right. (See it here.)
You may detect some motion in the photo. There was some. During the thirty seconds that the shutter was open, the camera moved over eight miles. (An angular rotation of 450 seconds of arc)
As I was completing my shoot, other ladies of the night passed by not forty feet from me. They were the female deer that we see regularly. It was the little bit extra. Like whipped cream atop your hot chocolate.
My mind was on another lady. Not a lady of the night, but a lady at all times. I’m talking about my lovely bride, Sylvia. I went back in the house, put the camera on my desk and took a seat beside my wife. We spent the next hour talking about the day and about a hundred other things. On that high note, I ended my day.