Goodnight Sky; or, how to say goodbye to a perfect camera

It was only a matter of time.


After years of loyal service strapped to my pack, my beloved camera, a Sony NEX-6, finally died. Together we’ve been through a lot — starting with countless hikes, to one kid, to a back injury, to fishing trips, to a second kid — and such a reliable companion deserves a good send off. Here’s is my best shot.

Below you will find a retelling of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s Goodnight Moon framed around pictures my camera took over its lifetime. This is a parody.

Goodnight Moon is a perfect book. My youngest wont go to sleep without reading it and no kids room is complete without it. Please consider buying a copy to thank them for inspiring this post. I receive no kickbacks, but here is a link to Amazon and an independent bookstore finder for your convenience.

Under the Arizona sky


There are two little boys

With lots of things to try

And mountains with-

Trails steep enough to make sore thighs.


And two men swearing not to do this again



And a perfect canyon


And great companions


And a blue hat


And Uncle Pat


And nets full of fish we won’t put in a dish

And a views prettier than you ever could wish

Goodnight sky


Goodnight sore thighs.


Goodnight trails steep enough to make sore thighs.


Goodnight light


And goodnight things to try

Goodnight men


Goodnight swearing never to do this again


Goodnight canyon


And goodnight companions


Goodnight chub


And goodnight flubs


Goodnight blue hat


And goodnight Uncle Pat


Goodnight net


And goodnight fish


Goodnight cabin


Goodnight avoiding the dish


And goodnight views prettier than you ever could wish


Goodnight kids

Goodnight Mom


Goodnight perfect nighttime calm.


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Max Wilson is a born and raised Arizonan with a love for all that is beautiful and strange about the Southwest. He studied at Arizona State University, where he received his PhD in ecology. He writes here at Lesser Places, occasionally for Backpacker, and even more occasionally for scientific journals. You can follow him on twitter @maxomillions.

4 thoughts on “Goodnight Sky; or, how to say goodbye to a perfect camera

  1. Clever! Years ago I had memorized Goodnight Moon (as I’m sure you have). Now because of grandkids, I get to dust the cobwebs from my brain and remember the words. Goodnight beloved camera.

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