Stars for a Winter Sky

I went out at night alone;
The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings—
I bore my sorrow heavily.

But when I lifted up my head
From shadows shaken on the snow,
I saw Orion in the east
Burn steadily as long ago.

From windows in my father’s house,
Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,
I watched Orion as a girl
Above another city’s lights.

Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,
All things are changed, save in the east
The faithful beauty of the stars.

Sara Teasdale – Winter Stars

The Horsehead and Flame Nebulae in the constellation of Orion.
Zeta Orionis (Alnitak) is a triple star system and lies below the Flame – part of a region in Orion where massive young stars are found in abundance.

Imaged before dawn on 23 November 2012 – between clouds, meteors and satellites
Canon 7D
Canon 70-200mmL @ 200
ISO 1600 f/2.8
13 x 25 sec subs 13 x 25 sec darks
Stacked in DSS
Processed in Gimp2 & Picassa


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