SKYWATCH FRIDAY – Moon at Perigee (North Shore, Lake Erie)
Last Friday (Dec. 12th) I caught the rising nearly-full moon just before it disappeared behind clouds. The moon was at its closest point to earth (perigee) of the year. Not only that, this was its closest perigee to the earth in the last 15 years, making the moon appear 14 times bigger and 30% brighter than usual, according to my local weather station. Too bad it happened in my neck of the woods on such a chilly night – there are no streetlights along my road, and to have such a bright moon lighting the way would have made for a very nice stroll in better weather.
I took this from the front porch. It's a little too dark, but it was just too cold to linger outside for a better shot. If you click to enlarge, it's easier to make out the ghostly edge of the garage, the honey locust tree. Above, the moon is negotiating its way through the power lines, and below, the moonlit road beckons. It turned out to be my only chance to see this special moon, since the clouds brought winter rain that stayed with us for several days.
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The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.