peak-a-boo II [when Venus kissed the moon and the sky blushed...]

It was another rare [perhaps - becoming less rare??] morning when I had again managed to steal alone, barefoot into the backyard.  It was around 5am and the first light of day laid the sky with a luminescent lilac backdrop, covered in large part with low, fast moving grey clouds, softly dripping rain. 

Then the clouds parted in the direction I was [fortunately] starring and I gasped aloud at the unexpected and unanticipated beauty of Venus kissing a crescent moon. 

Almost as soon as I realised the significance of the astronomical occurrence before me - those grey clouds again closed in and whisked the vision away... I quickly reasoned it was worth a race back inside to grab my camera and my phone, hoping I could do so without waking the children [or the dog - who in turn, then wakes the children!].  

Back out in the yard with clouds that seemed to be almost teasing, I quickly grabbed my iPhone and snapped the image above of Venus just brushing the moon's circumference; before a large mass of clouds kept my subjects  out of sight for ten minutes or more... 

Then with my camera and lens in hand I waited patiently for the clouds to cooperate as the sunrise began to work it's magic and the clouds blushed fluorescent... 

Watching the whole scene unfold - a pair of TI pigeons who have taken up residence in the neighbour's lychee tree...

and Djarragun's silhouette against the morning light... 


under pleiades ...


Casuarius casuarius ...

                    dawn at Etty Bay
                    a photographer keenly paces the sand 
                    his eyes peeled, fingers poised
                    to create a photogenic memory

                    myriad unacknowledged hues 
                    shimmer and shift between sky and sea
                    jagged silhouettes of rocks 
                    cut into delicate pastel tones
                    the sun departs the horizon line 
                    and begins its upward trajectory
                    crepuscular rays unseen 
                    through the eager lens, searching 
                    the foliage for its subject
                    'when and where will it come? 
                    I don't have much time; how long will it take?'

                    the sun has risen above the cloud line 
                    my answer animated by my shadow
                    some elements of nature cannot be timed; the tide

                    etches its way along an empty beach
                    the cassowary is non-compliant