Sunday Photo: The Milky Way

This is one awesome photo, and it has not been photoshopped.

nightscape by Mike Salway

Via From Quarks to Quasars, which has information about how the photo was taken.  You can find Mike Salway Photography on Facebook.

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This is so good I have to share it.

Pleiades_HART

I discovered this poem in my reader earlier today, and it grabbed me. The excerpt below is the first stanza; you can read the whole thing at Scholars and Rogues. “On High Places Lit By Stars,” by Kathryn Errickson. (Image: Pleiades by Phil Hart.)

This is where I do my best
thinking:     seven feet 
off the ground    
on the roof of a dented 
dodge;    one story 
up from doorsteps on silver-
coated tar;   leaning out 
windows with wind blowing
 the smell of growth 
                        and damp 
                                    and something else I don't have a name for.