draco-nian measures

The protecting Mother Camels is the name given by ancient Arabic nomadic tribes to an asterism in the constellation of Draco. Instead of the head of a dragon, the asterism was interpreted as a ring of mother camels surrounding a baby camel (the faint star in the middle), with another mother camel running to join them. The camels were seen to be protecting the baby from a line of charging hyenas. The nomads who own the camels are camped nearby, represented by a cooking tripod…

(source: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s space odyssey)

baby camel cries

dromedary moms hear fear

credit: Wikipedia

credit: Wikipedia

high-kick hyenas

arabs draw camel stars where

greco-romans marked dragon

constellation consummation

Camelopardalis or the Giraffe constellation is a large, faint grouping of stars in the northern sky. The constellation was introduced in 1613 by Petrus Plancius to represent the animal Rebecca rode to marry Isaac in the Bible. One year later, Jakob Bartsch featured it in his atlas. Johannes Hevelius gave it the official name of “Camelopardus” or “Camelopardalis” because he saw the constellation’s many faint stars as the spots of a giraffe. (source: CDHK)

bridal caravan

camelopardalis night

brown eyes behind veil


restless groom scans horizon

rebecca comforts isaac


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I have a thing for camels lately…

constellation consternation



grizzy bear



ursa major growls

seeks her hiding cub

follows lone north star



photo and prompt from Carpe Diem “time glass” challenge