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Early in 2007 we drove to the top of a nearby hill to see if we could get a photo of Comet McNaught in the setting sun. While we were waiting, I managed to get some nice sunset photos that included the planet Venus. I never did get a decent photo of McNaught – but it sure was pretty to watch.
Venus is the Roman (or Latin) name for the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, the godess of Love, Lust and Beauty. I have always thought that Aphrodite sounds much prettier than Venus, so I prefer to call the second planet from the sun by her Greek name.
Then I am suddenly singing in my head the Fastball song
“Cause she’s so high, high above me, she’s so lovely. She’s so high, like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc or Aphrodite”
Whenever I see Aphrodite in the sky, I am reminded of the beauty of nature.