26 February 2008

The Orange Lunar Eclipse


The recent eclipse of the moon was a rich and
fascinating experience. It was interesting to watch
the earth's shadow move slowly over the face of
the moon.

At first, the orange effect wasn't obvious. Later,
as the eclipse approached fullness, the moon
turned a warm, soft orange. Beautiful! A transparent
orange, in that the moonscape was easily visible
through it.

At full eclipse, I enjoyed the view of both Mars and
Venus. Especially Mars, in that it flickered through
the cold winter atmosphere like a tiny pin-like
Christmas light.

I enjoyed this latest eclipse more than any other
Lunar eclipse I have experienced.

All the best!

p.s. I'll return soon.

16 February 2008

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15 February 2008

A Winter Night in Nova Scotia


Yes, it's a winter night in Nova Scotia -- not too
cold, and pleasant for walking in the moonlight.
In fact, it's been a mild winter here on the south
shore of the province, and I've enjoyed it very

Tonight, for instance, as I went walking along
the old mines road, I could hear the lake making
its usual sounds, prior to a mild spell. How nice
it speaks to anyone who listens. How nice to
see moonlight sparkling over the frozen snow

I arrived home in a happy mood! The warmth
in my kitchen felt good. Black tea and ginger
snap cookies were my reward.

It's a winter night in Nova Scotia, and before
long we will see the first signs of spring.

All the best!

02 February 2008

Fire On Ice

A while back, I went walking with a friend along
the shore of Minamkeak Lake. It was late afternoon
as we walked on the ice with a cold breeze at our
backs. The lake and surrounding landscape was
beautiful as the late afternoon sun cast its reflection
over the frozen surface around us.

The sun had lowered to the treeline, when we
sought the shelter of a shallow cove, deep enough
to protect us from a steady breeze that blowed
from the northwest. As the weather was dry and
cold, we were quickly able to gather wood, and
soon had a fire built on the ice near the shore.

How nice it felt to sit near the crackling flames,
watching the sun move behind the trees, to leave
its yellow-orange glow on the horizon.

I've always enjoyed fire on ice and, when you think
about it, fire on ice would seem to be contradictory
and beyond the laws of nature. The opposite is
true, of course, and there are laws of the natural
world that explain how that can happen.

The temperature dropped significantly when dusk
arrived, and as the flames from the last of our
wood flickered and burned, we left that place and
made our way home.

Fond memories, indeed.

Bye for this time,