Another Saturday morning

Today is the first official day of Fall.  And a stunning day it is.  This September has been glorious.  Fine weather, beautiful skies, bountiful produce and gardens still flourishing.

Bon Accord put on an event this weekend called the Summer Skies Equinox.  A 30 hour marathon of events and activities all associated with the night sky began on Friday evening and will culminate at just past midnight on the 22nd.

This morning, Heather and I got up and went for an early morning walk — 6:15-ish — not something we usually do on a weekend and ended it with a stop for a cup of tea.  Well, I had coffee (thank God they thought of us coffee drinkers!).  The ladies from Vintage Petals tea shop in Morinville set up a little tea station outside the Golden Jems building and a handful of us early risers stood about enjoying a steaming cup while we chatted and enjoyed the dawn.

The morning sky has been stunning these past few days.   Clear, un-marred by clouds and a gorgeous array of colour from cerulean blue on the horizon to darkest indigo high overhead.  Venus and Jupiter have been twin lights shining a bright greeting in the Eastern sky each morning, and we were lucky enough to see them in perfect alignment with the moon one morning.

Had I been up to it last night I’d have gone out to check the night sky through some amazingly powerful telescopes set up by local astronomers.  Heather and her husband did and she says they got some fantastic views of the planets and even a couple of nebulas.

But, I was satisfied with my walk this morning, the clear, crisp morning air, the sky overhead, the town still mostly asleep and our footsteps crunching along the gravel road as we made our way towards the warmth of tea and community.

This is a picture of the sky as I see it on my walks. Not my photo, but it is in Alberta.
I found the photo here:



  1. nrhatch said,

    September 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Lovely post, klrs. It almost makes me want to get up for a pre-dawn stroll tomorrow . . . but not quite.

    We might go to Sidewalk Astronomy tonight on the island . . . to see Mars through their high-powered scopes.

    • klrs09 said,

      September 22, 2012 at 11:42 am

      You should — I’ve heard the telescopes might be back tonight here in BA, so I’m going to definitely check it out.

  2. September 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love this. Early morning is a wonderful time for a walk: I used to wak Macaulay at the crack of Dawn when he was younger, when the world was still rubbing the sleep from its eyes.

    • klrs09 said,

      September 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      It’s probably my favorite time of day. . .

  3. Sandra Jeffery said,

    September 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Very nice post Kathy. Makes me want to get up early and go for a walk with little Lily and appreciate the quiet of the day and the crunch of the leaves underfoot before the wind blows them away here in Lethbridge.

    • klrs09 said,

      September 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      thanks, Sandy — you better hurry — those October winds wreak havoc when they blow in.

  4. September 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What an incredible sky. Fabulous.

    • klrs09 said,

      September 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      It’s been so gorgeous this entire month.

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