Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Full Moon Rising

The full moon rose over the barn this evening, and it's always a sight to behold.

It's too early to ring the "spring has sprung" alarm, but with +12C or about 55F as our high today, I had to wonder why I wore my boots to work this morning.  Time to make a mental note to lose a layer or three.  I was outside a bit this evening, and could hear geese overhead and feel the melting snow under my feet, and breathed a sigh of relief.  The worst of winter is behind us.

Little Schatzie even ventured out the front door today when I came home.  She promptly walked down the path and sat on the steps in front of the patio door and gave me a dirty look that she wanted in again.  Her 18 seconds of fresh air behind her, she bolted into the house as quickly as she could and went to sit down beside wood stove.  It ain't over until Schatzie says it's over.

The spindly pear tree in the above photo held a flock of what I think I've ID'd as Bohemian Waxwings yesterday (as opposed to Cedar Waxwings), based on their call plus the yellow tip of their tail:
The flock consisted of about 40 birds, and it was nice to hear birds chirping as a harbinger of spring, despite the brutal cold as I took the photo.  I think the windchill was around -15C during the day, and by the time I'd fumbled with my gloves and the camera, the flock was on their way.  Cooper might have added to their hasty departure as he circled the tree, looking up at the little chirpers.

On that note, I'm leaving you with a sunset from a few nights ago.  Alas, with the newly denuded vista, sunsets don't hold the same appeal as they once did, but here you go:
I've been grappling with a few philosophical conundrums lately, primarily brought on by the senseless cutting of these neighboring trees, and I'm not quite done with the issue yet.  Philosophically and practically, that is.  The practical will be addressed in trying to lobby various levels of government for better protection of hedgerows and mature trees.

Trying to assimilate the philosophical will be a work in progress, however.


Demelza said...

It was a beautiful moon and as I took Bailey out this morning at 6.30 it was just setting (?), (going down - what is the right word???) behind the mountain. We've had clear nights recently and the moon was incredibly bright - a wonderful sight to see.

I know what you mean about layering. Here we say that you either wear boots or sandals. It's either winter or summer with little inbetween. We're still at the boot stage.....

Shim Farm said...

That's funny, because here, we can go from freezing to t-shirt weather in no time at all. We had a 30C differential in the space of 24 hours. It's 12C outside this morning, and the snow is melting fast. Although we might trade winter boots for rubber boots for the next few weeks, sandal weather is on it's way!

The moon was beautiful last night. It will probably be on of the last few bright nights we have, as the moon reflects off the remaining snow. It's amazing just how bright it is during a full moon with snow on the ground.

I heard a red-winged blackbird calling this morning, as well as a flock of geese, so spring is most definitely on its way. Now my little swallows are all I need to see again, but we normally need to wait another good month for that.

You are right - it's moonrise and moonset - at least Google tells me so!

Hope your warm weather is soon on its way. Now that we've had a taste of spring, we really want to shake the last little bit of winter off in a hurry.

kristieinbc said...

I would also love to say "spring has sprung", but that would be foolish at the beginning of March. Sunday afternoon it was +14 C here in Kamloops. Monday morning it was below zero and we woke up to a snowstorm. March can be a cruel month. :-)

Shim Farm said...

Hi Kristie, yeah, it's not over by a long shot! We had a flash-freeze yesterday after a day of rain. The fields were starting to flood, and now that everything has frozen over, you could literally ice-skate on the fields if you wanted to. The next few days are going to be pivotal, and I hope there's not going to be too much flooding.

Robin said...

It keeps yoyoing around where we live. My neighbor told me we got almost a foot of snow yesterday. I'm laying around with a sunburn right now feeling slightly upset because I would have loved a good chance to play in the snow. Pretty pics.

Shim Farm said...

Hi Robin, well, we enjoyed a nice warm period, but actually too warm already, considering the time of year. The trees started to bud, almost all the snow is gone, save for a few of the bigger banks in shady areas, and now we're back into freezing temps with snow in the forecast. March really did fly by though. Looking forward to April now.

Where'd you go to get your sunburn, curious minds want to know!

Robin said...

We went to D.C. for a week and then worked our way up the east coast to Maine. It was pretty cool as I had never been on the east coast. I wanted to pop up into Canada but we didn't have enough time or our passports ready. Heck, I would have been knocking on your and eagergridlessbeavers door. lol.

Shim Farm said...

Hi Robin, well, I have been a lazy blogger, haven't I? Glad to hear you had a great vacation out east, next time, get those passports in order and we'll show you a good time for sure!

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