|"Starlight," 5 x 7 watercolor card|
Those who live in rural areas, especially the mountains and deserts, the thinly populated areas of the planet, following the stars is a way of life.
You're closer to them high up, and where the sky is not polluted with light or moisture or noise and people.
As one ranger said at Chaco Canyon, in the clear, dry northwestern New Mexico desert when I last camped there, talking about watching the night sky for hours, "It's like you can feel the earth move under your feet."
You can actually see and feel time as it moves over you.
You're more aware of how small and remote we are in the vastness of the universe. And you notice changes, and portents, Starlight matters.
No wonder rural people noticed a star beckoning them to the birth of Jesus so long ago.
Ten years ago at Chaco:
Where you can see time