Harvest Moon Light Poetry

Harvest Moon, Lunar, Moon

Image Credit: Pixaby

This year has been a historically exciting year of astronomical events around the world. From the Comet 45P/HMP in February to the Lyrids meteor shower in April to the Total Solar Eclipse in August, there is no doubt a great deal of galactic activity constantly going on above us, whether we are aware of them or not.

Get ready stargazers because tonight you get to witness the Harvest Moon. Although it most commonly appears in September, this is the closest full moon to the autumn equinox appearing tonight. It is traditionally known as the Harvest Moon because it gave farmers more light and time to gather their crops for the winter. So grab those binoculars and telescopes and drink in the grand mystique of tonight’s Harvest Moon! Of course, many of the moon’s surface features are also noticeably visible.

Harvest Moon Light

Look up, can you see it
ascending majestically on the eastern horizon
as the sun descends in the western sky
the crown of a perfect lunar sphere rises
an orange radiance illuminating in the twilight
I want to mount on a hill and sing passionately
like the lovesick harmony of a wolf’s howl
the light of the night, shine on Harvest Moon.
– ©Kym Gordon Moore

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Poetry of a Total Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse, Corona, Eclipse, Total solar eclipse

Image Credit: Piotr Siedlecki

What a historic moment in time and timing. Today, August 21, 2017, Americans will be able to see the first total solar eclipse across the country since 1918. Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens about once in 375 years, according to NASA.

Don’t forget to protect your eyes with special solar eclipse glasses, before viewing this spectacular sight.

Circles of Perfection in an Ecliptic Dance

Suddenly the daytime sky darkens
as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth
the fiery day star completely obscured
by a silhouette of the lunar celestial body
perfect circles aligned in orbit
a slow dance in the shadows of day
corona brilliantly radiating an angular glow
within moments this three-dimensional dance is over.

©Kym Gordon Moore

Poetry of A Summer Twilight Clear

Summertime, Poetry, Full Moon

Image Credit: Sheila Brown

As summer winds down and as the days shorten, if you live in an area where nature sings it’s daily and evening songs, you can’t help it when you are moved to momentary silence. It’s such a beautiful thing.

A Summer Twilight Clear

It came upon a summer twilight clear
I sit, surrounded by peace surpassing all understanding
I watched the birds retreat to their treetops
as a rambunctious squirrel scurried for his last evening acorn
strobing fireflies sparkled momentarily aglow
I looked upward towards the south eastern sky
and saw the face of the moon smiling in full brilliance
I smiled back and whispered all is well with my soul.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Fireflies in Flight

Fireflies, Lightning Bugs, Beetles

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It’s a humid summer evening and as twilight appears, little sparkles of light from fireflies put on a spectacular fireworks show in the wooded area of my backyard. Although the photos I tried to take did not adequately capture the essence of the overall experience, I saw a segment on TV that showed tours given in a densely wooded area where fireflies or lightning bugs give the most spectacular light show.

The photo above was taken with a really good, professional camera of a firefly experience that is simply awesome! Be sure to check out LIGHTNING BUGS: FACTS AND HOW TO ATTRACT THEM by George and Becky Lohmiller

Fireflies in Flight

In the mystical temperament of twilight
cleaving to the placidness of a summer breeze
like twinkling stars in the shadows of an earthly stage
bioluminescence, strobing and sparkling anew
like glowing fairy dust, a firefly’s mating call
my eyes dart here and yonder, I dare not blink
with childlike wonder, I gasp with excitement
fascinated by nature’s natural whispers all aglow.
© Kym Gordon Moore

Recreationl Adventure in the Park

Park and Recreation Month , Parks, Recreation

Image Credit: nrpa.org

Regardless of whether parks are local or National picturesque landscapes, they are an adventure in so many natural and historical ways. July is Park and Recreation Month and the National Recreation and Park Association urges, everyone, to discover the power of play and adventure. What are some of the local or national parks you have visited or plan to visit? Parks are explorations of recreational fun to relish and enjoy.

We’re going to pause for a few minutes to spotlight some breathtaking views from a few of our national parks that can take your breath away. Enjoy!

national parks, parks and recreation month, landscape

Utah’s Arches National Park Scenic View

 

Acadia National Park, National Parks, Parks and Recreation Month

Pall in Acadia National Park

 

Mt. Rushmore, Parks and Recreation Month

Mt. Rushmore

 

Desert View Tower, Grand Canyon, National Parks, Parks and Recreation Month

Desert View Tower, Grand Canyon

 

Yellowstone National Park , Parks and Recreation Month, National Parks

River winds through the wilds of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

 

Sand Dune near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Sand Dune near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park

 

Glacier National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Wildflowers in Glacier National Park

 

Saguaro National Monument, Parks and Recreation Month

Huge rock at top of a mountain at the Saguaro National Monument in Arizona

 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Sun rises over the tall orange rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park