January 25th, 2002

caillebotte_man at his window

Drat!

I got busy doing things and forgot to go out and look at the moon setting through the trees. There was a huge halo around the moon tonight. It may have been the largest I have ever seen. It looked to be about thirty times the moon's diameter. Think of dropping a pebble in still water, but only one ripple forms, and, at the farthest extent of its travel, it suddenly freezes. That is what the sky looked like tonight. Two nights ago there was a halo around the moon, but it was very small. It made the moon look rather like the pupil of a giant eye in a photographic negative. Disconcerting. I think I like the big halo better.

A bit warmer tonight, and the lawn is only slightly crunchy underfoot. A minimal frost, as warmer, moist air moves up from the south. Rain tomorrow. I can hardly wait to hear it falling.
caillebotte_man at his window

Barely Raining

All day the sky grey and what people who don't like rain are pleased to call threatening. Maybe they have to go out and walk in it. Maybe some of them are farmers and their crops are at a stage where rain would be harmful. Maybe they are allergic to water. Maybe they are seamen fearing a storm. Maybe they are the organizers of a parade. Maybe they own a baseball team and will lose money it it rains. But I never think of that sky as threatening. I get to stay indoors, warm and toasty, and have no problems, as long as the plastic rain hat doesn't come off of my telephone junction box, allowing it to get wet inside and cutting off my internet connection. I like the grey sky. It is sort of like being in a Pissarro painting. But, all day the grey sky and no rain until just a short time ago, and only the lightest of rains. Maybe later, more.