Adam and his astronomy class met at the water just before sunset.
Thankfully the wind was still, the air wasn't frigid, and the sky was mostly clear. Clear enough to see some sights.
We huddled around, hands cupped around binoculars instead of mugs of hot beverage, cameras clicking, peering fixedly at the dwindling sky.
Two of the three things we came to see: the 32-hour-old moon (right) and Venus (left):
I love the rippling effect of light wind on water. It's mesmerizing to behold. The sky and water color were stunning -- not pink, not orange, not purple, not red, but somehow a combination of them all, a warm rosiness.
In this shot, the moon and Venus, and (I think) Venus's reflection in the water, with my phone camera! We waited until Mercury appeared also, below the moon and to the left, but I never could see it with the naked eye. Several people could, including Julia.
Adam also pointed out a satellite, plus many other points of interest in the sky. It will be a good class.