Crescent Moon on a Thursday


Traditional fishermen believe that they catch more fish in the new or crescent moon.

In some cultures and beliefs, the crescent moon symbolizes growth, creativity and fertility.



There’s Blood on the Moon

Yesterday was the warm-up. Tonight was the real show.
Here’s a sequence of the moon during the full lunar eclipse.


The earth’s shadow beginning to cover the full moon.


As the eclipse progressed, the moon turned red. I’m not sure why — I can only surmise it has something to do with the light spectrum.

An airplane passed right in front of the Blood Moon! This was a 2.5-second exposure so the plane wasn’t “frozen” in the frame, but it left the wing and tail light trails.


A lucky shot. It seems to remind me that the moon is a celestial body.

The eclipse lasted for about an hour, the moon totally covered.

Initially it was kind of cool, a rare phenomenon. Then one gets used to the darkness, as if it’s normal for the moon to be in the dark.


Then a sliver of light, and slowly the darkness is driven away. It seemed to lift a psychological weight. The moon shining through, like a beacon of light for the world.

Maybe that’s why the moon is a favorite of lovers and poets alike. Something for psychologists to study.


As the moon got awash with the bright light, it lost its red tinge. It went back to becoming just another full moon.

Not really. It’s a Supermoon and a Blue Moon after all.

Still kind of cool.

Variations on a Theme

Thoughts on the Night of a Supermoon

I don’t have to know everything, explore each shadow on the surface of the moon.

Or understand every reason.


I can leave some things a mystery, sad and beautiful, like an oft-remembered smile.

Or an oft-repeated dream.


Variations on a Theme
Both a Supermoon (closest to the earth) and a Blue Moon (second full moon in a month).

Does the Earth Belong to Us?

When I watch a sunrise


Or the occasional moonrise


I sometimes wonder if the earth is a better place without us.

I’m not trying to be a tree hugger (nothing wrong with being one).


I am simply trying to ask a bigger question —

Is the earth a planet that belongs to our species, to use and exploit, and, when exhausted, move on and colonize Mars and other planets?

Or are we part of nature, homo sapiens another species on earth, another passenger on this planet?


“With great power comes great responsibility.”

This has been quoted through the centuries, including the French Revolution, the US Supreme Court, Winston Churchill, the Holy Bible, and yes, Spider Man movies.

That our species is preeminent confers it great opportunity, to shape the earth for its purpose, and enjoy its gifts.


But also great responsibility.
and Earth Day 2017

Photos from top: Sunrise at Mt Fuji, Moonrise over Laguna province in the Philippines, Todai-ji at Nara in Japan, Ho Chi Minh International Airport, Sunrise in Laguna province in the Philippines