Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Waiting for the shadow of the earth
The moon is 36% full, a waxing crescent. Even so its bright light as it follows close behind the sun lights our nighttime fur with the faintest memory of ginger fire. Moonshadows are cast long and already a deep darkness is in them. When the moon is full there will be an eclipse. Then there will be a magic in the air as the light fades and stars come thick and rich into the darkest of nights and then the light floods back again as the earth's shadow moves away, back out into the infinite treasure of space. We are hoping for a clear night, a night of shadows and stars. Now an owl call over the fields, its soft call traces the path of its moonlit flight.