Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MOONRISE

Picture is from my Starry Night Backyard program. Best approximation I could come up with for the drive home last night. Granted there's no mountains and not nearly enough trees.

The last couple of days have been clear and cold. Clear enough that I wished I had my camera with me on the drive home last night. Highway 99 runs north/south and the drive home is south bound.

On the trip home I had the sun going down on my right and a huge full moon rising on my left. I got my first glimpse of the Three Sisters in about two months. There’s a gap in the surrounding mountains, so you can see the much taller dormant volcanic peaks even though they’re a good sixty or seventy miles away. I could also see the snow covered lower peaks that surround the taller mountains. It was a beautiful, if very chilly, sight. And a reminder that if those three weren’t dormant, seventy miles away is really next door.

This morning was cold and still clear so I had the moon to watch all the way to work. I think I  get moonrise and moonset like this maybe once a year. If that often. 

At least one or two more days of clear and relatively cold. Cold for this part of the country anyway. It's supposed to be 19 tonight. Need some cold weather to cut down on the bug and snail population. At least a little.

I am not complaining, I know some of our J Landers are in parts of the countrywhere temps like 19 are the highs not the lows.

 

2 comments:

toonguykc said...

Yep...19 degrees ought to slow the snails down a bit!  Poor little, slimey guys.

hug,
Russ

mleighin21st said...

Yes, the 19 degree highs are here in Northern Michigan.  I caught a view of the moon last night shortly after I had come up and it glowed a creamy yellow.  Just gorgeous.
                                            Smiles,  Leigh