I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thunder Moon ~ July

Hi! Tonight and last's full moon, for July, is called the Thunder Moon.

Tradition was, July is the month with the most thunder storms [though actually here June is the more stormy month.] This name supposedly derives fro Native American tradition. The other name for July's full moon is the Hay Moon, an ancient English farming name, when once upon a time farmers used the full moon's light to add hours to their days of harvesting hay. Not something most of us think about---hay? I do recall the giant harvester trucks working later into the night under their bright lights to harvest---something?--back when I was a little girl in Illinois. Probably corn or soybeans, no moon needed.

Later last night, spooky!
[the small bright white dots are planes or ships.]

No, Thunder Moon is far more suitable to my life and times here at the beach. The other day the air felt so heavy and stormy, I was sure there's be a big storm by afternoon. The Weather Bug said ZERO chance of rain. Hmmm. Around 4 PM the clouds hurtled in from New Jersey, leaving the lifeguards to scramble frantically to clear the beaches.

In fact two people were struck by lightning at the beach in Point Pleasant NJ, which is far by road, but just over the water expanse as the gulls fly. Maybe 20 miles away? [see in the left corner where it says Long Branch, that's by Point Pleasant NJ. My beach is under all the yellow lightning Z's. Not far!

This is from my cell phone, another stormy evening. I know It's silly but I get such a kick out of the animated weather pictures displayed in real time on my iPhone. The lightning is even different each time, how cool is that. I also am very fond of the snow screen in the winter,lol.

Here is Mo patiently waiting for the rain to stop. Time for his walk!

I hope you can go out tonight and see the Thunder Moon and big planets in our summer sky. Little things, simple pleasures. Enjoy.



gone to the beach....