geography

the sky at night

Emptying the bin tonight I looked up at the night sky and was mindful of a quote by Vincent van Gogh.

‘At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.”

He is right – the sky over Lambeg is alive with colour and some white noise city light pollution.

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