Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
|Stars over the Methow Valley. Lainey Piland photo|
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by...
Don't worry, I won't start singing Christmas carols to you just yet! This line from O Little Town of Bethlehem is one of my favorite lines - one of those things that gives me a thrill when I read or hear it. These lines were brought to mind when I watched the film below and was reminded of the heavenly wonders wheeling overhead as we sleep. Or - with more than twelve hours of darkness this time of year - these stars are shining bright overhead even as we drive to work and back home again. Just ponder that for a bit the next time you're sitting in traffic in complete darkness at 4:45pm.
This film was created by photographer Vincent Brady, and is anything but the typical timelapse film. Take a look and you'll see what I mean! Then read this Mother Nature Network article to learn how Brady captured these mind-bending images.
While the long stretches of darkness can certainly be depressing this time of year, just remember that this also creates the perfect conditions for stargazing. Try to spend time outside looking up and marveling at the whole worlds and galaxies that exist out there in the cosmos, millions or even billions of light years away. You might even spot some brilliant planets or a few meteors!