Monday, September 28, 2015

LIGHTS OUT


The moon rose over the mountain last night already partially eclipsed.

People gathered by the edge of "the Savannah", as SWMBO calls it, to watch the passage of the Earth across the moon's surface.

One of our neighbors, Rick, and I contemplated that since the Earth was causing the shadow on the face of the moon and we were on the Earth, we should be able to wave our hands in the air and see it on the moon's surface.

But Rick explained to me that the distance from us to the moon being 238,900 miles would probably prevent that.

So we just stood and watched the progression and chatted about other things.


SWMBO reminded us of the total solar eclipse we experienced when we lived in Mexico and how the turkeys at a house down the street flew up into the trees and roosted when the sky grew dark.

And how our yard boy at the time arrived a day or two before and tied red cloth to a branch in each of the many fruit trees in our yard. He said it would prevent the fruit from falling when the eclipse occurred.

Well, a silly superstition, you say?

As SWMBO responds "Maybe so but we didn't lose a single mango, avocado, orange or grapefruit!"

9 comments:

  1. We missed it here.

    Steve

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  2. You mean it is too far to do shadow animals on? Missed it in NJ, too cloudy.

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  3. We couldn't see it because of the trees so we climbed on the roof to get a look.

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  4. That was fun, wasn't it? I will email you Ann's shots, but yours are terrific! Frameable!

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  5. Next you'll be saying it's made of green cheese. Anyone can see by the colour it's Red Leicester.

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  6. You had a good view. Loved your idea of waving your hands and glad your neighbor didn't shoot you for suggesting it. Arizona, after all!

    We missed it here-rare clouds and fog, but that is good in a drought.

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  7. That photograph looks like it was taken from a Sci-Fi movie.

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  8. Had a good view of it here. Right at the beginning, a plane flew across the front. It made me think of ET and that bicycle.

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  9. It might be a superstition but, it's better to be safe than sorry. I love the waving idea. It would be so much fun to see hand puppets on the moon!

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