I have always enjoyed a good starry sky. I remember starry nights as I was a kid, lying out on a blanket with my mom & brother, talking about all of the possibilities of life. Life is more peaceful, more clear when you’re lying on your back looking at billions of lights. Some stars are different colors, if you stare long enough. Others appear to dance in the sky.
There is a song by Sarah Groves called “Maybe There’s a Loving God” that I’ve always related to. In the song, Sarah shares a “rhythm calling” that we’ve all heard, maybe not as loudly as other things in our lives, but we’ve all heard that otherworldly calling that draws us to ask: why? how come? and when will… I feel like I can hear that rhythm more clearly staring at the night sky. For me, its a time to just hang out with me. I need that occasionally. I need some me time to figure things out, to process the hard questions in life, and to understand my purpose. Sometimes I get clarity, most times I just get a good view.
You’ve probably never noticed stars move, I’m not talking about shooting stars either. Its so subtle you can’t see it with the naked eye, but if you have a good tripod and a clear night. Try catching the movement of the stars, its a little tricky finding that sweet spot of Aperture, ISO & Shutter duration but can be very rewarding. I haven’t perfected it yet, but I really enjoy trying!
Challenge yourself on a clear night this week to take some time to hangout with you. Take your camera, a tripod, & remote if you have one. See what develops. You may find your world begin to spin, or you may just get some clarity.