October 17th, 2005

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Nobody Told Me!

There's a tiny lunar eclipse going on right now, (five AM Pacific time) that I didn't even know was going to happen. The Fenris Wolf will eat approximately 7% of the moon, and spit it back out over the next few minutes. Going to watch.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx


That was nice. It was just a little chunk out of the edge. When I first saw it, I thought it was a thick spot of cloud, but it failed to move as clouds do, and I knew it must be an eclipse. If the cat hadn't wanted to go out at that time, I'd probably have missed it altogether. The moon was right at that level at which, if I stand in the right spot, I can make it appear to balance on the utility wire. If I then bounce up and down on my toes, I can make it look as though the moon is bouncing on the wire. It's good exercise, too. The only problem is that staring at the full moon (even in partial eclipse) causes madness. I've found that my limit for staring at the moon before going mad is about fourteen minutes. If I bounce, that cuts it down to about eight minutes-- plus, my calves get sore.

Anyway, that took up much of my free time this morning, and I'll now be quite mad for an indeterminate period. Best if I say no more. They might be listening. (Los pollos no tienen ninguna silla.)
caillebotte_the orangerie


Poor Sacramento keeps getting sunny days, while in the northerly mountains we get all these nice clouds. Both sunrise and sunset today featured highly decorative displays with vivid color. Even with some cloudiness, the day was warm, and white butterflies visited the flowers along the fence (sinister neighbor has planted some sort of tall flowering plant which produces multi-colored blossoms in autumn.) The dogwoods grow redder and the oaks more brown, and the footsteps of passersby taking their evening walks are cushioned by a thick carpet of pine needles. Everything is softened. Raked clean of leaves, my lawn fully reveals the greening brought by the recent rain and the mild days. More mild days are ahead, the current crop of clouds being more an aesthetic than a practical feature. In spare moments, I'll be able to sit in the yard and watch the squirrels gather the plentiful acorns. October is being very nice to us.