I found this poem recently, The Old Astronomer to His Pupil by Sarah Williams. I really liked the last two lines and they fit so perfectly, I felt, with the picture I had just finished working on that I combined them into something that I hope looks nice. Just a note, I know the text is a bit hard to read on a browser, but if you actually look at the image at something close to full size it’s perfectly readable. I’m putting the quote at the bottom for those of you who are too lazy. I put this picture together with GIMP it started off in a whole different direction, but eventually came to this.
“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
– Sarah Williams
Kipling wrote this quote towards the end of WWI, or maybe a little after, and it seems to be a reflection of his feelings about his son John dying in the war. Arguably, the quote is reference to British leaders claiming they were more prepared for the war than they were, but I think even the hawkish Kipling probably realized by the end the war had kind of been a waste. I found this quoted at the end of Adam Hochchild’s To End All Wars and it seemed fitting for so many wars that have been fought.
I took Micah to Lebanon earlier today. We went to Wal-Mart to pick up some Green Tea. Before going to Wal-Mart we stopped at Franklin Butte Cemetery right outside of Scio. The cemetery is a Masonic cemetery, as many are in Oregon, and has some very cool headstones. We went there looking for a geocache, but we weren’t too intent on looking for it. We walked around the cemetery looking for it, but after we didn’t find it easily we just started checking out some of the cooler headstones. The following pictures were taken at the cemetery and edited with GIMP. I also apologize the look quality of my pictures, but I really notice how bad they are when I edit them. They generally look alright if you don’t zoom in on them. That said, I have to use the shitty camera in my phone, so these pictures aren’t great.