Moon Wonder


I’m a bit late here… posting about the lunar eclipse that occurred on April 15th.  But my mind keeps wandering back to that night, so I thought I’d share it here.

After a day of clouds and snow, I was feeling disappointed that we would miss this event. (If you’ve been reading my posts regularly, you might remember that i’m a bit of a science nut.)  But wonderfully, the skies cleared late in the evening and the full moon was bright above giving me hope!

I went out to set up my tripod on the deck, and experimented with settings to make sure I wouldn’t miss the exposure.  I only have a 200mm lens, so I wasn’t able to get tack sharp images, but it was fun to attempt the capture.  (I’m looking into getting a telescope to shoot photos through… if I can find an affordable deal. Has anyone out there had experience with them?)

The night was cold (8 degrees) and clear… quiet and calm.  The owls around me in the silent woods were hooting their approval as well.  As the moon darkened, the stars appeared. It was a bit surreal. Over an hour of trials, and here is my result.

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Below the moon is Spica (SPAY-kah), a giant blue star.  Mars was also a bright visible orange. (Too far out of the frame though.)

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The reason for the red color?  If you were on the moon looking back to the earth, you would see a glow around it. That glow is EVERY sunrise and sunset on the horizon!  That is what is reflecting on the moon when it enters the shadow of the earth.  How cool is that?  If you missed it this time around, it will occur again in September.  And then two more times in 2015.  

It is the moments like these that make me feel so connected to the Creator.  Totally in awe. Totally humbled.

Kabibonokka

I’ve got you wondering at that title, don’t I?  Well, I’ve been reading century old books lately…. something so special about them.  I finished up ‘A Girl of the Limberlost’, set in the Indiana swamp.  Most enjoyable for simple country girls!

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So then I looked over the bookshelves for another vintage read, and out popped Hiawatha!  When I was about 12, I had memorized 40 lines or so of the ‘childhood chapter’.  You know it too.  “By the shores of Gitche-Gumee, by the shining Big-Sea -Water….” (which is our beloved Lake Superior).   I’ve always liked it because of my Indian ancestry, love of poetry, and the Northwoods setting.  I thought it was Hia-time to read the entire book!  🙂

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Longfellow’s epic poem first appeared in 1855, after much research and interaction with Native Americans.

The first chapter covers descriptions of the Four Winds… and I smiled at the North Wind, Kabibonokka, who brings the snow and ice.

The fierce wind cries at the lodge dweller, asking “Who is this that dares to brave me? Dares to stay in my dominions?”  Ha!  That is exactly what we all thought of this winter!!

Kabibonokka tried to heap snow drifts on the dwellers fire, and flapped the curtain of his doorway.   And even though he felt the coldness, felt the icy breath, “Still he did not cease his singing, Still he did not leave his laughing, Only turned the log a little, Only made the fire burn brighter. O Kabibonokka, You are but my fellow-mortal!”

I love that.   And today, with sun shining, and windows open… we watch the 6″ snowfall from 2 days ago, pass away into the mud. Winter is finally dying.

Just as any long weary season in our hearts…. mortal fellows all of them.  Gotta turn that log in the fire, and make it spark a bit.