Thursday, September 23, 2010

The cool season


I love fall. It is my favorite season.
The air gets scrubbed by wind. The nights excite with a nip in the air. Colors magnify, then fade. I can see every fold in the far mountains. I sense renewal, not loss.
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bougainvillea
flowers fall, such tiny
paper lanterns
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I went out to welcome the full moon last night, which came with the Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It's a bit rare to have a harvest moon coincide with the annual aligning of the Sun's center with our equator.
This was shot with my phone camera, not a telephoto lens, so it isn't a dramatic moon looming over us, but if you shift your position, look carefully, you will see Jupiter and Venus sparkling alongside.
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After a week of disturbing news in our blogosphere and grappling with old demons of my own, this shot of Nature, of the vast Universe, has restored my spirit. It always does.

17 comments:

Liza said...

Driving home from work last night, I had the rising full moon directly in front of me. A soft haze drifted in front of it, and I marveled at how glimpsing something so simple can be so restoring.

Tere Kirkland said...

The moon was beautiful last night wasn't it? I love your pics of nature.

paulgreci said...

I've loved watching the moon rise these past few nights. Fall brings a certain smell and taste to the early morning air that really increases my awareness of what is going on around me.

Yat-Yee said...

It was the Mid Autumn Festival last night, when the moon is supposed to be the brightest. Unfortunately we had a cloudy night.

I love what your wrote about the air being scrubbed and colors magnifying. Sorry to hear about you having to battle some demons, but I hope you find comfort in your own observations about fall bringing renewal.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

That top photo is so peaceful and beautiful. I could just stare at it for hours. :-)

Yvonne Osborne said...

I was happy to see a new post by one of my favorite bloggers.

The full moon last night was dazzling and I didn't even equate it to the Fall Equinox. Thank you Tricia for reminding me always of what is important! I love fall too and I'm glad you found what you did in posting this.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

@Liza: Oh how I love to see a rising moon when driving. Somehow it seems huge as it comes up. I'm glad I communed with the moon last night.

@Tere: Thank you. I'm so glad we were all watching it. I like the connectedness of that.

@Paul: Yes! That's it--so sensory!

@Yat-Yee: Sorry you got the haze effect. And thank you so much for the supporting words. It was a rough week. I'm glad to be feeling better.

@Shannon: Isn't it? Thank you for saying so. I was looking for the fallen flowers, having already written the haiku. Those were perfect when I found them.

@Yvonne: Hi there, and thank you for the uplifting words. I had to dig deep to pull myself back up, but, as always, Nature had my back.

Hannah Kincade said...

I love staring at the huge expanse of sky. It makes me feel large because I'm part of the great wide open. And it makes me feel small because I'm so tiny compared to the immense moon and stars.

L.T. Elliot said...

You do take such lovely pictures. That last one really is poignant.

Donna said...

A fine ode to fall.

The Words Crafter said...

I missed a full moon?!! Rats!!! I can't wait for the days to match the nights....liked the "air gets scrubbed by wind." MMmmm!!!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Fall is always my favourite season as well. Such beauty and freshness.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

@Hannah: I do, too. As a kid, I remember having my first realization of how miniscule I was within the span of universe.

@LT: thank you so much!

@Donna: Fall deserves odes. ;)

@WordsCrafter: Sorry! It was mighty fine, and thank you.

@Jemi: Mmmm, yes, the freshness.

VR Barkowski said...

Beautiful post, Tricia. I, too, love autumn. I know spring is technically the season of renewal, but for me, it's always been fall. I think it's because clearing out of the old is cathartic and somehow more therapeutic than welcoming the new.

Bish Denham said...

We have been covered over with clouds here for about a week, but last night, at last, it was clear and the moon shone and Jupiter was there, a diamond.

Saloma said...

LOVE the pictures and your "poetry" about fall. Autumn is my favorite season, too.

Thanks for your comment on my blog, and now I've found you!

Saloma

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

OH! I was busy and missed some of you wonderful people and comments;

@Viva: I love that! Yes, it is cathartic to clear out the old and anticipate the new.

@Bish: I'm glad you're seeing diamonds in the sky. ;)

@Saloma: Hi and welcome and I'm so glad you like!