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Mountain Home Magazine

Summertime Sash

Jul 30, 2020 11:53AM ● By Linda Stager

One night last August I drove past this scene of a beautiful farm perfectly framed in the cradle of a field of tall corn stalks on Ridge Road in Middlebury Township, Tioga County. To top the scene off was the appearance of the “Belt of Venus,” a mostly summertime atmospheric phenomenon that happens during civil twilight (the technical term for just after sunset). When it is a perfect, clear, low-humidity night, this rosy pink band of color near the horizon appears. It all came together that night to create this scene in one of my favorite neighborhoods.