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This photo was inspired by one on my contacts alliefelt, because I really liked the celestial quality that these shots potentially have. So on the return from some film and street work with Helga last week, I passed by these leaves with fresh water from the recently abated rains. Unfortunately, I was lacking the 50mm and had to settle on the kit lens on an overcast day in low light.
In keeping with the ‘otherworldly / celestial’ concept, I recalled the myth of Chih Nu, the Chinese goddess of weaving, who worked sunlight and shadow into the wondrous tapestries of the constellations. Chih Nu was the divine daughter of the August Personage of Jade, and for him she always spun seamless robes of brocade and clouds. As a reward, her father married her to the Heavenly Cowherd whom she came to love so dearly that she neglected her spinning. Her father became so angry that he separated them by casting one to the right of the Heavenly River (Milky Way) and one to the left. Chih Nu and the Cowherd were allowed to see each other only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month. Also, Chih Nu made her marriage dress from cloth woven of starlight and dewdrops. The two mythological deities are represented by the stars Altair and Vega deep in the Milky Way.