Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Super Moon!

“It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us.”
— Pearl S. Buck

      According to the Farmer's Almanac, the Super Moon is also called the Beaver Moon.  Here is the explanation I found for that name.
          "The November's full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes because this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. It was also called the Full Frost Moon by Native Americans."
       I find the skies to be an amazing part of our universe!  So yesterday morning, I was awake about 5:30AM. I showered, dressed, went outside to see where that  ol' Super Moon was.  It was still pretty dark out but here is what I saw at that time.
Above the trees looking West
I decided to fix a thermos with coffee and had a bite to eat then headed down to the gazebo which overlooks the bluff to the West.  That moon was really flying as when I got there is was just above the horizon, but I got a few pictures and had my coffee while appreciating nature!

Overlooking Benbrook!
A little lower
Almost gone
Yesterday evening, I thought I would look for the moon rising.  East of me is all city, so that didn't happen!  But from my condo window, once it gets up aways, the moon shines through a rounded window I have...

Last night about 9:00PM
        Now that I know the moon sets really fast, I plan ahead!  I wake up about 4:45, didn't mess with showering yet...just got dressed.  I had read that better pictures could be taken with "real" cameras rather than iPhones...well, I have a couple of real cameras!  I get them out and test them...both batteries are dead!!  And I have to go because that moon will not wait for me!  I have my thermos, my phone, my earplugs...it is 47 outside...I am bundled up!  After all, I grew up in Illinois!
        I get to the gazebo in the dark (yes, my daughters, I had a flashlight....on my phone)!

Over Benbrook, about 5:30AM
     I am there!  I am ready!  And I am set for the duration...coffee, an audio book on my phone, a nice wood bench to sit on! I take a picture every few minutes, but I will spare posting each and every one!
Over Benbrook, 6:45 AM
It is starting to get a little light out...the moon has moved just a bit (now I know, the MOON is not moving....we are!  but use your imaginations!)  It sure seems slower than last night!

About 7:15 AM
Hmmmm, I am  beginning to wonder why it seems so much slower, so I get up and walk the half mile around my condo area..twice!  At least I am getting my exercise in early!

Maybe 7:30ish
I am sensing another phenomena that did not occur yesterday!  I do not know why...the sky seems the same to me as yesterday, but for some reason,  yesterday, I could definitely see the gold-orange moon; this morning, the moon is getting fainter as the day gets brighter! I do stick it out...I do see it creep below the horizon...maybe if I had my "REAL" camera I could have gotten a shot of it! But with my fake camera...it was too pale to photograph! I mean, I did photograph it, but you would not be able to see it!
      I still had a wonderful, silent, experience that I wanted to share with you!  I don't think I am going to try it tomorrow morning...but who knows..it will all depend on what time my body says "Wake UP"!