My eyes are adjusting. The overhead dome light has gone out. I wait outside, my pupils wide. I first notice the fireflies; then Venus and Orion become visible. My equilibrium of light refreshes. My tripod is set, and I wait for the harvest moon to rise, with the shutter open.

M Patrick Riggin is a Pittsburgh-born writer, artist and musician. To follow him on his artistic exploration, his work can be found at www.mpatrickriggin.com

See more of his work in 10.4 and 10.4

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