A near perfect day

Harvest moon photography at Wikipedia

From my window now, about an hour and a half after true full  and about 6.5 hours after the official start of Fall (my second favourite season), the full moon is like a giant spotlight as it descends to the west. It’s easy to see why this is called the Full Harvest Moon. It’s really so bright that you wouldn’t need a flashlight or a street lamp to see outside. And it’s quite beautiful, especially with the wispy tendrils of cloud drifting in front of it. I forget to look at it like this most of the time. Sometimes good things come with insomnia.

Today, here in Ottawa, daylight is expected to last fo 12 hours and 8 minutes, darkness for 11 hours and 52 minutes. The perfect 50/50 split between day and night (also known as the autumnal and vernal equiluxes in Autumn and Spring, respectively) never really happens, at least not this year — Saturday will have 12:02 of daylight and Sunday 11:59.

I think that’s why I like Spring and Autumn so much: this sense of the planet either beginning to wake up or dropping off to sleep at those times.

Full moon, start of Autumn, and a cool 9 degrees (at least for now — we’ll forget about the 31 degree humidex forecast for Friday for now). My sinus headache seems to be gone,  the cat is eating properly (and not throwing it back up again), and some freelance work is on the horizon. Since I am heading to bed now rather than starting my day, I can say that it (the last 24 hours) has been a pretty lovely day, all things considered.

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3 thoughts on “A near perfect day

  1. That’s not mine — can’t find my camera. It’s from the Wikipedia page. Sorry for the confusion. (I’d included alt text that indicated that but perhaps I should put a caption.)

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