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Moon shadows

March 26, 2013

Shadows are magical things.  It is easy to form a mental image of the first time a child discovers their shadow or to imagine a childhood game of shadow tag where one tries to step on the shadows of others.  And of course there are shadow puppets, where all it takes is a flashlight and your hand to have bunnies and other animals appear on the wall or inside of the tent.  And while the flashlight trick involves the dark, it’s still about a light as bright as the sun.

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I think tonight will be another night where the moon is bright enough to create shadows.  Last night was very bright and the shadow of our pear tree was clear in our yard.  It was beautiful.  It was so bright last night that some of the stars we can usually see (like Orion’s belt) wasn’t as visible.   Tonight it is still clear and already the moon is full and bright and    the shadows will be easily seen again.  I can hardly wait.  It still seems almost surreal             to me that the moon can cast shadows, but I have been out on enough nights this past   winter where it is true and that I’ve begun anticipating the full moon each month.

While not entirely related, this blog made me think about the song “moonshadow”.  “I’m being followed by a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow.  Leaping and hoping       on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow“.  It’s by Cat Stevens.   Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh2tnSRi90I .

Sky Report at 10:00 am – overcast.  But weren’t we all happy to see the sun later on.

Yarn Strands: white and grey

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