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I’m happy to report that my first Art Monday (see the last post) went really well. I could get used to this whole idea of Putting Art First. I wrote for four hours (I’m working on an article for SageWoman about my journey to Avalon), then spent another seven hours on the Two of Fire. I finished it about 10 PM last night. My eyes are bleary this morning, but the artwork is hot. Two twos down, two to go, and I’ll post them on the site.

The Leo Full Moon has graced us the last two nights with huge rings that fill the sky. Another gift of winter — we never see those in the summer. I had to google it to remind myself why:

What causes a ring around the moon?

Rings around the moon are caused when moonlight passes through thin clouds of ice crystals high in Earth’s atmosphere. As moonlight passes through the ice crystals, it is bent in a way similar to light passing through a lens. The shape of the ice crystals causes the moonlight to be focused into a ring. This is similar to the way water droplets in the lower atmosphere can bend sunlight to create a rainbow.

So a ring around the moon is a lunar rainbow. :-)

They’re predicting snow showers for us today. With sunlight streaming over the mountain, I find that hard to believe.

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • JLB

    I hope you do get to see some snow Joanna. I’m originally from the Kitsap Peninsula, but recently moved outside of Philadelphia… and we saw 14 inches of snow over the weekend! The snow finally stopped falling on Sunday afternoon, and we enjoyed the full moon that night, complete with the lunar rainbow, illuminating the whole snowy world through the darkness!

    February 15, 2006, 5:22 am Reply
  • Joanna

    Thanks for the good wishes, Jade . . . still no snow (though we had some in early December) but we are having an arctic freeze with high winds out of the northeast. Brrrr! I love your Tree Blog!
    Joanna

    February 17, 2006, 8:30 am Reply
  • JLB

    Thanks Joanna! I have a lot of fun talking to new trees each day and sharing the images online – and thank you for including me on your blog roll :)

    February 19, 2006, 5:47 am Reply

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