I just love all the trucks of many colors on Monhegan!!!
Sleep would not come easily last night so I noticed a few things. I could see all the stars out of my window not just the normal ones, but so many minor stars that I have not seen. The depth of the blackness here is incredible. I was lucky enough to be invited to this evening under the stars at my friend Becky’s on Mt. Desert. Her house is on an untouched part of the seawall directly on the wall.
An amateur astronomer came to tell us about the night sky. We could see the Milky Way, nebulae, and a ring cluster which is a tiny cluster of moving stars. The telescope let us view a hazy orange ring around Jupiter and four moons on Saturn. The moons kept moving out of our view as we are actually really moving as well on this earth. So amazing and we even saw the Milky Way reflected in the ocean it was so bright that night. This was all a preview to the Night Sky Festival on Acadia, which features lectures, boat rides, and two parties. There is one on Cadillac with the rangers and another one at Seawall all to honor the stars. Peter Lord spoke to us about preserving the night sky. Some communities on Mt. Desert have passed ordinances to reduce the light pollution to save the dark skies of Mt. Desert.
Nan Lincoln of “The Islander” covered the party and I was lucky enough to get some coverage, but not on my shoulders!! Nan wrote, “I met some new people that night. In particular I enjoyed talking to the very cheerful Diana Cobb Ansley, a landscape and portrait artist who is under-standably captivated by the view. Despite the chilly winds Diana was wearing a rather gauzy gown with exposed shoulders and I caught occasional glimpses of her standing on the rocky shore with the wind whipping her dress and Pashmina shawl around and looking very roman- tic in a “French Lieutenant’s Woman”sort of way. ”