Kip’s Comments 1-8-20

Waxing Gibbous Moon - Image 603879 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Light at the End of the Day

Wow, what a long, but productive day! I spent much of my day today with colleagues from Iowa who were sharing our lessons learned on flooding, data sharing, and the Iowa Flood Center. Apparently what we have in Iowa is not enjoyed elsewhere, at least not yet. Our new friends from Texas asked great questions, shared information with us, and contributed to making today a very productive day.   

Without returning home I then attended an evening meeting with another good bunch of people. Again, worthwhile discussion was had.     

At the end of my day I noticed the bright moon in the sky. Since it was late, that was my only photo opportunity, so I took advantage of it.

For now the moon is considered a waxing gibbous moon. Soon this will be a bright full moon lighting our cold winter landscape. As you think about that, let’s add another detail or two your mind may generate. Imagine being out on a full moon night, a night without wind. All you can hear is the yipping of coyotes not too far off in the distance. Their calling appears to be changing in location. Are the coyotes circling you or just moving around? Will you remain in a position for them to approach, possibly without you seeing them, or will you head inside?

Or, you try calling a couple of barred owl hoots (who cooks for you… who cooks for you alllllllll….). You hear an owl respond from the pines nearby. A half-minute or so later, lit only by moonlight, you see a dark shape flying your direction without making a sound (owls are silent flyers). Instantly the hair on the back of your neck stands on end. Is the owl moving toward you for a closer look, approaching to defend its territory, or something else? What do you do?

Did your mind create either or both scenarios for you? Both have happened to me on cold, full moon nights. 

Waxing Gibbous Moon:

Waxing Gibbous Moon - Image 603879 (© Kip Ladage)

Waxing Gibbous Moon – Image 603879 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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