2018 Life Logs, Day 32—Yesterday’s Super Blue Blood Moon
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Warmer; High 42, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA
In last night’s log, I didn’t mention my evening foray to Woods Hole and a stop at Nobska Lighthouse to look at that beautiful super blue moon. So I’m a day late, but that doesn’t negate the beauty of what we saw last night. I got home from the chocolate factory tour and had written my log and edited photos from the day when I got a call from Heather saying she was head to Woods Hole with Ollie and Jonah to attend a science talk on seals. Would I like to tag along? Of course. So they picked me up and we were off to Woods Hole to a small restaurant that was hosting the science talk. Ollie and Jonah had not eaten dinner, so we immediately went in and ordered for them. But then we found out that the only people that would be allowed into the talk had to have reservations. We immediately put our names on the wait list, along with a whole host of others, as reservations for the event was not made clear. There was another friend of Heather’s there with her two children and we hung out together, hoping that we might get in. Unfortunately, we didn’t get into the talk, but the children had a great time eating dinner and playing together. On our way home, we drove along the beach road and stopped at Nobska Lighthouse to view the big, beautiful super blue moon. Yesterday was a rare cosmic event. It started with a lunar eclipse in the morning, visible in the western hemisphere for the first time in 152 years, and making yesterday’s full moon a blood moon. That had to be viewed in the early hours of the morning and I missed that, but last night we saw the super blue moon in all of it’s glory. The full moon was a blue moon as it was the second of two full moons in January. Blue moons don’t happen very often, hence the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’. I saw the first full moon of January 2018 in Nashville on New Year’s Day. But last night we witnessed not only a blue moon, but a super moon. This means the moon appears larger in the sky as it is in its closest proximity to the earth at full moon time. We stopped at the lighthouse to try and capture the beauty, but my photograph doesn’t do justice to the beauty. But the stop was so special as it was joyous to watch Ollie and Jonah climbing up to the lighthouse in the moonlight and enjoying the moment. As we drove on from the lighthouse, we saw a breathtaking view of the moonlight on Vineyard Sound. This morning when I went to the gym, I noticed someone wearing a t-shirt that said, “Wherever the winds of change make take me, my heart will always be anchored in the sea.” Wow! That expresses exactly what I felt last night as I witnessed the moonlight on the Sound. I have to track down the woman that was wearing that t-shirt and find out where I can buy one.
Today felt like coming out of the freezer and walking into the refrigerator. It was much warmer today, but still only frig temperature. But with sunshine, that felt great. We are supposed to get snow overnight and will be back in the freezer for the next couple of days. Then back to the fridge. So goes a New England winter.