Stars in the heavens.

Stars out over Clark College*Not the stars in the Hollywood hills.
Last night was clear here in Vancouver.
I took my dog out for an evening stroll. Clear, but warm for February, near 50. Stars were out, and a nice strong breeze (or light wind) blowing. It was about the perfect winter night, especially for winter in the Northwest. It reminded me a bit of another clear night last summer.

I was working at Clark College Bookstore, and had this idea for a photo. The bookstore manager wanted a new design for the store’s gift cards, and she wanted to use this quote:

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
– Harriet Tubman.

So, I set out on the Clark campus, and set up my tripod across the central lawn from the library, and took a few shots. One ended up being on the card above. As I was taking the photos, I noticed someone was across the way, on the sidewalk, just camped out there. I knew this person would be in my photos, but I kept taking them anyway. If you look at the final card closely (click the small one) you can see him at the base of the clock tower. After I was done taking photos, I walked over to see who was standing there, and that’s when I met Dick Shamrell, a professor of physics and astronomy at Clark.

He let me look through the large telescope he had, and I saw a closer view of the moon than I had seen before (not on a tv or monitor). He also found Saturn, and I could see the rings. We had a good little chat, and he told me about an annual stargazing in the gorge that I missed last year, but hope to make this year. (hopefully it’s not full moon again!)

The card is available to purchase at the Bookstore, and on the bookstore website.
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