|I didn't take a photo last night, but this is our back deck view during a sunset|
It's amazing what goes on when we're sleeping in our homes - and how noisy the night can be. At one point I heard a transformer buzzing near our equipment shed; never noticed the noise before. Later in the night, coyotes were yipping and howling in the distance and our faithful girl Ginny was telling them to go away. Around two in the morning, I woke to a light show put on by the fireflies. They were in the tops of the trees, twinkling like Christmas lights.
Our cat Fabs seemed to like the change in routine as he snuggled into bed with us. Ginny, on the other hand, was very disturbed by our presence outside and, early in the morning, I found her sleeping in our front flower bed and not in her own bed on the back deck. The whole experience made her nervous and she only calmed down when we resumed our usual morning routine.
The sky was clear when we settled in for the night. I was prepared for some amazing star gazing but the bright moonlight covered much of the starlight. At first, we mainly saw the Big Dipper which was directly overhead. As the moon moved across the sky and then below the horizon, more and more stars were visible throughout the night.
I highly recommend a night under the stars. However, there are four things to consider before you do it: safety, temperature, weather, and insects. We knew last night would be perfect as there wasn't a cloud in the sky, no mosquitoes were present, and the night was going to be cool. Of course, tucked away in our quiet corner of the country, we didn't need to worry about our experience being disturbed by others. I think maybe we'll need to do this again in the fall.