The Moon and Venus

In the night sky.

“The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.” — Rumi

I was just sitting there. I looked up. I saw a quarter moon and a bright, glowing star. Since I made this picture with a smartphone, the quarter moon turned round, And, the star wasn’t a star at all. It was the planet Venus.  I know this because I Googled the words, “The moon tonight.”


This picture is all about technology. Except it isn’t. It’s about nature. it’s about dreams. It’s about myth. And, magic. Technology forced me to make an art statement rather than a documentary one. That’s better, I think.

Oh, that orange stuff. Those are trees swaying in the breeze. I thought the sky needed a little context.

What do you think?

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

3 thoughts on “The Moon and Venus

  1. I’ve enjoyed viewing Venus, but never captured a photo. I am so attracted to the night sky when any of the planets are visible. Makes me feel like I better understand my own place in the universe…I’m not that big a deal, or I am…depending on my mood. 🙂 I’ve been enjoying your Rumi quotes.

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    1. My shot was a Hail Mary because I wasn’t sure if I’d lose the angle in the time it would take me to do it properly. My place in the universe… a spec that could be crushed at any moment. It’s why I believe that their are other living brings out there. My ego isn’t so big that I think humans could be the only intelligent life out there.

      Rumi. A friend suggested I start reading him. First, I read about him. Wow. My Catholic school education was so lacking.

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