I’m Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

I’m dreaming of a dark Christmas
Just like the ones on Orcas Isle
Of snow, not a hint
and everyone must squint
to try to see the ferry once in a while

I’m dreaming of a pitch black Christmas
Like a cave, it’s unlit and pristine
Our nights are aphotic
The sun, we’ve forgot-ic
When it sets every night at 4:15

I’m dreaming of a wet Christmas
As rain patters on my window
May your days be soaked
And your nights be cloaked
With rain and winds that blow


IMG_1136The sun came out the other day.  Not that we could see it.  We’re on the north face of a mountain, and the sun rises and sets behind it so we don’t get to see it directly from about October until April.  But we did see a rainbow, and we’re pretty sure it was caused by the sun.  So we know it exists somewhere.

On a clear day we can see the mountains in Canada.  Maybe one day out of a hundred.  They’re usually obscured by clouds and fog, but once in a while they reveal themselves.    These big magenta crystals rising above the mist and the water.  IMG_1143It’s pretty neat.


I can see Jupiter from my house.

IMG_1212Screw Russia.

I finally got a remote clicker for my camera.  That means I can take long exposure shots without having to touch the camera.  Which means the camera doesn’t wobble when I take a picture.  You see, when I would usually take a pic of the night sky, I would have to touch the camera which makes it wobble a bit and the image would come out fuzzy.

Well, now, the image still comes out fuzzy because every time the wind blows the camera moves just a little bit.  Oh well. But the images are a little crisper.  IMG_1210

It’s really amazing out here how much of the night sky you can see.  It’s pitch black outside, and on those rare clear nights you can see thousands of stars.  It’s pretty neat.

The camera didn’t capture it very well, but I could very clearly see Jupiter and three of its moons up there.  Jupiter is the third brightest object in the night sky, second only to the sun and the moon.  If you look up and see a really bright yellow dot among a bunch of dim dots, chances are that’s it.