A Parable from Observing a Comet

A Parable from Observing a Comet. Comet Leonard is now (early December 2021) becoming more prominent in the pre-dawn sky. It reminded me of the principles of observing. An observing period is not like a quick review of a picture. Let me explain. We scheduled observations of the comet two… Continue reading

Reaching for the Most — The Parable of the Hawk

Reaching for the Most – The Parable of the Hawk.   The steady wing stroke and the straight-line flight of the red-tailed hawk indicated he was on a mission. As he passed in front of me, he began to rise quickly. He briefly stopped the rise, altered direction a little… Continue reading

Parables from the Forest

Spring has barely arrived in middle April in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I was admiring the thick forest of evergreen and hardwood deciduous trees as I walked down the path. Most of the ground is covered with dead branches or trees, leaves, and fallen needles. The ground is frozen… Continue reading

The Morning Song in the Winter Mountains

We woke in the morning to capture the waning moon after sunrise. A couple days after full moon, if the skies are clear at dawn, there can be a beautiful sight as the setting moon nears the mountain ridges at the southwest end the Tygart Valley in the West Virginia… Continue reading