With all the commotion on top of the hill, our time was quiet and peaceful. Of course, these two objects are always a pleasure to go back to. This time was no exception.
The sketch period reminded me of the thing that keeps people from trying sketching: they say or fear they cannot do it. The next day I did a sketching presentation. The way we do it is sort of down-home so everyone acts like a child: NO FEAR. So by the end of the lesson, they had all tried a sketch of a projected astro photo of M45...complete with nebulosity. Nearly all othe them (old, young, experienced, or new) did just fine. The whole thing reminds me again in our teaching: don't take "I cannot do it" for an answer. Rather, give them a few key principles, act as if everyone can do it without a ruffle, and march on. The beauty of the heavens just waits for new observers to discover the wonders of the creation.