One of the many benefits of living on a rural farm in west Alabama is the beauty of a clear night sky. It’s hard to beat standing under a starry sky and contemplating the vastness of the universe. Where we live, in Perry County, there is very little ambient light to hamper your view, and usually you have nature’s night noises to accompany the show. Tonight I stood under one of those star-filled skies, and relaxed to the chorus of frogs and crickets with a back beat from a flowing stream.
Almost everyone enjoys an experience like this. One of the most common things I hear from someone that purchases rural land is that they enjoy the peacefulness of the night sky in the country. There is a calming effect that happens when you sit under one of those perfect skies. For many it is a contemplative and meditative experience. Staring at the vast sky full of stars reminds me of passages from the Bible like “The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1) and “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:4-5). The experience is spiritual each time for me, and helps me remember my place in the universe.
Being under a night sky in the country can also be a great learning experience. Teaching children how stars were once used for navigation or for telling the times and seasons can be fun. Since many kids will take their mobile devices everywhere they go, there are some cool apps that can enhance the experience. When my oldest son was much younger, I used the Google Sky Map app for Android devices. You can open the app and point it to the sky, and it will tell you what celestial body or constellation you are looking at. It is a fun way to study the stars together. There is an app called SkyView for Apple products, along with a host of other star gazing apps that are very similar.
Whatever you choose to do while you are out there, the main thing is just to get out there. I would be happy to help you find some land for sale in Alabama where you can enjoy one of those beautiful starry nights. Beautiful night skies are just one of the many benefits of owning rural land. If you are looking to purchase or sell a piece of rural land in Alabama, please do not hesitate to let us know how we can be helpful to you.
Written by: Jonathan Goode is an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) and licensed land broker in Alabama and Mississippi. He co-hosts the weekly radio program, The Land Show, that covers many of these topics for people interested in buying or selling land in Alabama.