Ladies of the Night

Well, after a lovely, court-free, trial-free weekend, it’s back to the courthouse for me today, as the trial for which I’m serving as a juror resumes.  I don’t have the kind of time available for posting the kind of long(-winded) posts I usually like to generate here, but I also didn’t want to leave this space totally empty and seemingly unattended today, either…

So to start the week off right — with a bit of positive content — I thought I’d share a couple of (admittedly amateur) photos I took over the last couple of nights here.  I believe I’ve mentioned that in my new home, I have a nice stone patio here, and from that patio, it’s possible to climb a ladder up to the roof, and thus gain access to a pretty sweet view of the western portion of the city.  The view of the sky is also pretty great, and I like heading up there for a meditative stare off into those expanses in the evenings, when the sun is setting, or has already taken its final bows for the day, and is retreating further and further beyond the horizon, leaving some last glowing red/violet light to mark its passing.  As an added bonus, all summer long, ever since I moved here, the planet Venus has been highly visible at dusk, glowing steadily down at us and bathing us all in her lovely, romantic glow.

As an added, added bonus, an equally beautiful crescent Moon has been joining the Goddess of Love over the past few nights, making for quite the spellbinding sight if, like me, you’re a sucker for big, shiny, pretty things in the sky.  I decided to bust out the camera function on my phone to see if I could capture this pairing of Astrology’s two most feminine heavenly bodies (other than Venus and the Moon, most of the other Planets are highly masculine entities such as warlike Mars, stern taskmaster Saturn, and expansive, fatherly Jupiter…).  Almost everyone in my nuclear family trumps me when it comes to the art of photography, but I felt that the intention of sharing even a coarse attempt at capturing what I was seeing from my rooftop here in southern California, but a mere stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean, might be of interest to people in places that, from my own vantage point, would seem “far-flung.”  Here’s what I came up with:

Two nights ago...  It had been really cloudy here all week long by then, but you can still see that elegant crescent of the Moon, and then fair Venus higher up and to the left (I was facing roughly southwest when shooting this, by the way, for any detail-oriented Virgo-energy types out there)...
Two nights ago… It had been really cloudy here all week long by then, but you can still see that elegant crescent of the Moon, and then fair Venus higher up and to the left (I was facing roughly southwest when shooting this, by the way, for any detail-oriented Virgo-energy types out there)…
...and this was last night: the clouds finally departed, and they were kind enough to take with them some of the oppressive heat we'd been enduring for days and days here.  Venus and the Moon had the sky almost to themselves when I shot this, and for me, it was like watching a celestial pageant of some sort...
…and this was last night: the clouds finally departed, and they were kind enough to take with them some of the oppressive heat we’d been enduring for days and days here. Venus and the Moon had the sky almost to themselves when I shot this, and for me, it was like watching a celestial pageant of some sort…

And there you have it: lovely Ladies of the Night, showing us what real Grace is all about.  It comforts me to have them up there, and to know now that here in my new home, I can climb that ladder up to the rooftop anytime I feel like doing so, and can bring myself that little bit closer to those heavenly presences that gaze down upon us in such quiet grandeur.  Hopefully, you can get some small enjoyment out of seeing these snapshots, and maybe some of the Grace I mentioned will somehow manage to continue on even through the somewhat flimsy passage I’m trying to construct via my clumsy photography…  Wishing you all much Venus- and Moon-Presence this week while I continue on with my civi duty!

2 thoughts on “Ladies of the Night

  1. Saul Seinberg

    I enjoyed your Ladies of the night images. See, some good can come out of moving or jury duty or just having a camera handy. Hopefully, your civic duty will end soon.

    Love,

    Dad…

    1. Thanks, Dad! I appreciate the thumbs-up on my attempted shutter-bugging. If only I’d inherited the photography gene. Glad some of the imagery came across, at least, although I wish I could have really conveyed how sensational the evening skies have been here lately. Maybe I just need more practice…

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