Thursday, November 6, 2014

November harbingers

Driving home from "The Cities" last night about 8:30 pm, the first snowflakes of the season couldn't wait until after midnight, the weather forecast's time, to arrive. The mostly rain mix that landed on the roads wasn't bad, but as the temperature dropped, it gave the deck an interesting ice cover this morning when I went to try to get a photo of a ring around the moon. By the time the camera was ready, the ring was gone. Instead, it looked like this. The Anishnaabe (Chippewa, Ojibwe) call it the freezing moon and they've got that right. By mid-morning, the deck was still ice coated.

November's full moon
November's full moon, gashkadino-giizis(oog), freezing moon
Photo by J. Harrington

We could speculate over whether the proximity of a full moon unduly influenced the electorate on Tuesday, but then we'd be into the swamp of whether a full moon influences Democrats, Republicans or Independents more. Or, maybe it just influenced a number of folks to stay home because they weren't sure the world was safe yet from leftover Halloween haunts. The basically full moon last night did help the deer who came and ate most of the two pumpkins we had down by our Little Free Library (which seems to get, other than from deer, little free use). Deer did the same thing last year up by the house (when we didn't have pumpkins under the big burr oak tree where the Library now lives). If the oak leaves were dry, deer could have made faint dry sound as they ghosted through they night.

deer celebration of Halloween
deer celebration of Halloween
Photo by J. Harrington

November Night

By Adelaide Crapsey 

Listen. .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
And fall.

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