Midnight Pub

For the love of cramming ineffability into words

~inquiry

Oh, how I love dawn and dusk. More the latter than the former. But the lady's pretty danged alright.

Like now. I've my wife's desk lamp on, casting subdued reddish wavelengths about the room. But the medium sheer current across the front window reveals snow-covered ground bluish relative to the curtain's tan, lots of darkness indicating plant life density luxuriating in a petite snowy icing. Mmmm.

And you *know* it must be savored for how soon it evaporates into the excesses day (or night in the fellow's case).

To barely graze the supporting cast, this house has some damned prime furnace woosh and whirr.

(Heh... just remembered that I've so loved dusk along the time-assisted way, I even named a work machine 'dusk' some - oh my - 30 years ago... while working on a software project that.. well, can't give too much away... but I did get a project logo tee shirt out of the deal that I actually still have...)

The details of this existence are so insanely ridiculous that you'd have to be dreaming to not see it for the dream it is.


abacushex

Twilight, with high-altitude clouds, and a full moon. Something about that combination feels like I've moved to another planet, or slipped into some future time on this one.

Dawn, however, is a little too early for this night owl ;)

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inquiry

You identify owl?

I can tell you right now that state of identifairs could have a local opossum to two in need of strong drink! :-)

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abacushex

I do, but in the words of Douglas Adams, I am Mostly Harmless

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inquiry

Sure. That's what all the opossum-eating owls say. :-)

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abacushex

I'm a vegetarian owl. I'm only here to see the moon :)

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inquiry
"When the moon hits your eye
 like a bit 'possum pie
 it's some more, eh?"

(condolences to any/all readers... but this mind feels strong temptation in the direction of alternative lyrics)

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abacushex

Ha! Nice :)

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dougbrunelle

Beautiful imagery of dusk there.. I love being outside during those times of twilight, both evening and morning, to enjoy the day/night transition, the sky colors, the air.

I have a new reason to be outside when the Sun is below the horizon- one of my childhood interests was astronomy, and I've recently had a resurgence in this interest. And, dusk & dawn are the only times when satellites in low Earth orbit are visible, including the ISS (International Space Station), which can be brighter than the planet Venus sometimes. I'm enjoying stargazing, with or without my 11x80 binoculars.

Sounds like you're in a colder climate than me. Here in SoCal, it doesn't get cold enough for snow and ice (here in the coastal areas, anyway), although, rarely, it can dip into the low 30s on clear nights, for a touch of frost on grassy areas. Regardless, being outside is something I'm enjoying more and more, as I get older. Staring at a computer screen for hours a day is not something I want to do for the rest of my life. The Universe revealed in the night sky beckons..

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inquiry

Yeah, quite a ways north of SoCal.

Prolly quite a bit older, too.

Your childhood astronomy interest mention reminded me of my own fascination that direction as a kid, having me remember what a bible a particular edition of this:

"Sky Observer's Guide"

was to me.

I had a 240x refractor... from *Sears*, I believe. It had a finder scope, a couple lenses (don't remember the mm's, though..), a "Barlow" lens (don't remember the magnification factor), and whatever the lens that inverts the image is called.

The first time I saw Saturn through it was the die and go to heaven zone, for sure. I actually recorded the event on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, mostly whispering to avoid awakening family members, and *probably* still have that tape... but the magnetization was certainly lost to time, never mind noting the tape material itself being far too frail to be subjected to the herky-jerky mechanics of tape replay again.

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