Friday, September 24, 2010

Harvest Moon


The Harvest Moon is the first full Moon at or right after the Autumn Equinox. This year, as a rare occurrence, it made its appearance right at the time of the Fall Equinox, which happened in the wee hours of September 23rd.
(This was taken on the night of September 22nd in the Western Hemisphere, leading into the equinox.)
The other bright spot is the planet Jupiter, which is yellowish in color in "real life." Its closeness to the Moon offered another point of interest for this year's Harvest Moon.
By the next night (the evening of the 23rd in the Western Hemisphere), the Moon had moved further away from Jupiter.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fringed Gentian

God made a little gentian;
It tried to be a rose
And failed, and all the summer laughed.
But just before the snows
There came a purple creature
That ravished all the hill;
And summer hid her forehead,
And mockery was still.
The frosts were her condition;
The Tyrian* would not come
Until the North evoked it.
"Creator! shall I bloom?"

---Emily Dickinson
*Tyrian: A shade of purple, named for the dye made in the ancient city of Tyre.