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La Luna Roja!

Shine and shimmer my harvest moon, Illuminate the shadows of the sky.”

A.F. Stewart, Reflections of Poetry

These photos were all shot a week ago, on the evening of the harvest moon/blood moon/super moon/lunar eclipse. Some were shot on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront, while others were shot from the sidewalk in front of my house. They are not all of the moon, of course, but that was the real star of the show that evening. It was a pretty incredible sight. Anyhow, click any photo for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

La Luna Roja!

Shine and shimmer my harvest moon, Illuminate the shadows of the sky.”
A.F. Stewart, Reflections of Poetry

These photos were all shot a week ago, on the evening of the harvest moon/blood moon/super moon/lunar eclipse. Some were shot on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront, while others were shot from the sidewalk in front of my house. They are not all of the moon, of course, but that was the real star of the show that evening. It was a pretty incredible sight. Anyhow, click any photo for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

The season of the worm (supposedly)…

The Worm Moon. That’s one of the names for the March moon…because it’s when worms usually start to poke their heads above ground, not this year with our frozen soil. I was frigid cold as I stood with stinging fingers capturing this image in single digits Fahrenheit. Other names are Crust Moon (because this is when the winter’s crust begins to melt), Sap Moon (because this is when the maple sap would begin to flow), and Lenten Moon (because it took place during the season of Lent. There, of course, are many other names for this moon…but interestingly I just learned that this moon is the farthest from planet earth during 2015. It is said to be the opposite of a super moon. None the less, it stopped me in my tracks tonight as it rose over the city.

Urban Simplicity.

The season of the worm (supposedly)…

The Worm Moon. That’s one of the names for the March moon…because it’s when worms usually start to poke their heads above ground, but not this year with our frozen soil. I was frigid cold as I stood with stinging fingers capturing this image in single digits Fahrenheit. Other names are Crust Moon (because this is when the winter’s crust begins to melt), Sap Moon (because this is when the maple sap would begin to flow), and Lenten Moon (because it took place during the season of Lent). There, of course, are many other names for this moon…but interestingly I just learned that this moon is the farthest from planet earth during 2015. It is said to be the opposite of a super moon. None the less, it stopped me in my tracks tonight as it rose over the city.

Urban Simplicity.

Three Photos Looking Skyward

These photos were all taken yesterday but are not in chronological (time-wise) order. The photo above is of last night’s blue moon…did anyone else see this? It was incredible wasn’t it? I couldn’t stop looking at it. Thus I thought I’d post it first. It really taxed the lens of my Canon Power-Shot. The sky this summer at dusk have been incredible. The photo immediately below was taken at the corner of Allen and Elmwood here in Buffalo, which is also where the Bubble Man of Allentown lives (click here or here to see more pics of him); you can see bubbles visible in the photo. And the bottom photo was taken while standing in the parking lot of my bank, looking westward over Lake Erie just before sunset.

Urban Simplicity.

Thoughts on the Varying Degrees of Coincidence and Synchronicity

So here’s a brief story. I was at work today and not in a very good mood for a few reasons. One of the reasons was an on-going strained relationship between a co-worker and I (and no, if we work together and you are reading this I of course am not referring to you). It’s nothing too bad, but I tend to internalize things which of course hurt me in the long run. Anyhow, this was troubling me and at my lunch break I thought I’d read some from a new book I recently purchased by Paramahansa Yogananda. I love his writing and thought it would be good for me. I took a couple bites of my lunch and flip open the book. Yup, you likely guessed it, the chapter that I opened to–the very first page that I opened to–is pictured above…Getting Along With Others. I muttered aloud, “Are you freakin’ kidding me.” All I could do was laugh. I–like most people, I suppose–have coincidences or experience synchronicity somewhat frequently. But it’s only in recent years that I’ve taken them seriously, or at least have given them serious thought. I personally do not think they are random events. Some have studied these occurrences their entire lives (Carl Jung for one). And some also believe that they happen because you are on the same vibrational level of the event that is about to occur. I’m not sure what I believe, but I do know that they happen all the time and at various degrees of intensity. I also find the subject very interesting. And just for laughs I included the below clip from one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes (I couldn’t help myself). So the next time something seems a little strange…think about it for a minute; it may not be strange or random at all…you may, in fact, at that very moment, be in sync with the Universe.

Urban Simplicity.

Dusk

I was at my desk working this evening when I glanced out the window and saw this view…breathtaking. And knowing that at dawn and dusk when you see the light just right it is fleeting and you only have a few minutes to see it and/or capture it with a camera. I was already in my lounge pants (aka pajamas) but I grabbed my camera and stood on the front porch and took a few photos…not caring what the neighbors thought (they’ve seen me do weirder things). If you look closely in the bottom photo (click either for a larger view) in the center of the sky but slightly to the left, you can see Venus and Jupiter already in view. To see better images of them, and a bit more explanation, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

Looking Up

Well this is interesting. The above photo is a zoomed in version of one I posted yesterday (scroll down one post). It was one of a few photos I took at dusk, and in the post I referred to it as the moon with a star visible. A reader of this blog commented that it wasn’t a star but the planet Venus (thanks Lauren!)…she also sent me this interesting link. The below photo I took this evening, and if I am reading it correctly, it is the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter…pretty cool.  The top photo was taken at dusk whereas the bottom one at night, hence the different locations of the planets. It’s also interesting in that when I took the bottom photo tonight I snapped a half-dozen or so over the course of ten minutes. And while I took the photos I kept the camera stationary and in the exact same position…I just changed the light settings. And after uploading them and looking at the photos in succession I can see the planets move just within the ten minute time span…it’s easy to forget (or difficult to imagine) that the rock we stand on as I type these words is spinning and hurtling through space. Anyhow, if you want to learn more about these planets, their alignment, and their visibility, here’s a couple links with pictures, diagrams, and text (here and here). You can also see a few additional photos that Lauren took and posted on her blog, It’s Knot You. Lastly, here’s some brief text from the articles that are linked.

“Do you see two bright objects in the west after sunset? They are the sky’s two brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – and you can see them simply by stepping outside and gazing toward the west in the hour after sunset. Venus and Jupiter are fantastic to see in late February 2012 and will be at their peak in mid-March 2012.” (source)

“This arrangement will be visible all around the world, from city and countryside alike,” Phillips explained in a NASA announcement. “The moon, Venus and Jupiter are the brightest objects in the night sky; together they can shine through urban lights, fog, and even some clouds.” (source)

Urban Simplicity.