"The name ORION has long held more meaning to me and my family than just the constellation dominating the Southern sky all winter. When astronauts view Earth from space for the first time, they often experience an "Overview Effect" - described as a profound shift in thinking marked by an overwhelming sense of unity and connection with all humanity. In 2002, the miraculous birth of our daughter Riley Anne altered our family's reality in such a profound way that she became my cosmic inspiration; my Overview Effect."
"Riley Anne was born with, not one, but two rare defects. She struggled daily with the simple things we all take for granted, like breathing and eating. Born in late September, it was the same time Orion's belt began appearing each night. So when things got too much, which always seemed to be at night, I would go outside and look up for answers; finding Orion there to light the way. In late January, Orion leaves the winter sky, which is the same time Riley Anne took her permanent place in the Heavens."
"For four months each year Orion shines over us each night. But during Riley's life, those four months seemed to alter time and everything we knew about life and our place in the universe. So, we wanted to honor her memory in a meaningful way, and decided to register a star right next to Rigel; in the heart of the Orion Nebula. Now she helps Orion shine year-round, and then each year on her birthday, the stars shine even brighter."
"My daily inspiration comes from knowing there is still beauty in the world, despite all of our struggles, and each day I set out to capture it on film. Orion illuminates the way." ~ Dan Murphy, Founder