Over the past few days, I’ve watched the slow, sultry dance of the moon as she takes full opportunity of the pre-dawn light to get ever closer to her partner Venus. This morning was cool and calm, and as I admired the two above, I realized that I had just enough time to mount the camera to the tripod. Encounters, mounting, and privacy. Was this photography or 50 Shades of Grey?
This is the second time I’ve captured the two hanging out together in the early morning sky. The first was exactly 30 days ago! How far have we traveled around the sun since then? How far has the moon traveled around us as we’ve traveled around the sun? And how many kisses have the moon and Venus shared in relative secrecy while those below (not in the Army) slept in?
Actually, I have been waiting for this moment for six months. Only I didn’t really know I’d be here to see it. Some time ago, the Moon passed Venus and Jupiter in the evening sky. They actually formed a neat triangle for about a week before Venus dipped below the evening sky to emerge in the morning sky for who knows however long.
Three days ago, I looked into the morning sky while trying to wake up (it was a Monday) and I saw that the Moon and Venus were again flirting in the morning sky. I checked again the following day and saw they were closer. I knew what to expect! This morning, I checked my window again upon waking–and was blessed by a third consecutive clear morning. There they were! On a date! I grabbed camera and tripod and went out to catch them in the act! Here they are–click to view full screen on black.