By Jeff Salter
It’s no secret I enjoy inviting Guest Foxes to Hound Day here at 4F1H. But sometimes I forget to schedule anyone until it’s too late in the week. Fortunately, this week, I was already in communication with Lynn Spangler about my recent guest appearance on HER blog. And, since our 4F1H scheduled topic this week – the moon and/or stars – kinda threw me, I begged for her assistance. Lucky I did, because Lynn knows nearly everything about the moon. Read on:
Under the Light of the Orange Moon
By Lynn Spangler
Last week as we were driving along I looked toward the horizon and saw the most beautiful, orange, full moon. It loomed large and I felt like I could reach out and touch it. This happening got me to wondering what caused such a phenomenon. After a little research I found out the following information.
A mere optical illusion causes the moon to look larger on the horizon than it does high up in the night sky. I read an article that stated if you hold an aspirin up to the moon on the horizon then later in the evening held it up to the moon high in the sky, the aspirin would cover both. Your eyes play tricks on you because when the moon appears on the horizon, it is actually the farthest away from you.
As for the color, that’s a little more complicated. The visible light of the moon is made up of different colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple (which together appear white). As the light rays approach the earth on a clear night and the moon is overhead, they all reach the earth creating the white appearance.
When there is smog and pollution in the atmosphere, the light rays have more difficulty reaching the earth. The waves of color become dispersed in the atmosphere, scattering the light rays. Only the strongest light rays reach your eyes…red, orange, and yellow. These colors have the longest wavelengths. This creates the orange moon.
Now that we’ve dispensed with the scientific mumbo-jumbo, let’s focus on what this orange moon is often called. It is referred to as a harvest moon or hunter’s moon. This is an occurrence that takes place in September or October, which are common harvest months.
For me, the harvest moon is a close second favorite to a full moon on a clear winter night when the stars are shining bright and the moon illuminates all that is below. Though I’m not a fan of snow, it is beautiful when moonlight reflects off the surface making the night seem even brighter.
Do you marvel at the sight of a large, looming orange moon or a full moon on a starlit night? Tell me what you think.
Kendra thought her life was her store; Chance thought his revolved around his addiction. What if they’re both wrong?
Looking for a new start, Chance Daniels moves from hectic, big city living to a small town in South Central Pennsylvania. He decides opening his own music store on Main Street will help him beat the demons of his alcoholism. He discovers the beautiful business owner from across the street may be the lift he needs to beat his addiction. But little does he know that parts of his past unbeknownst to him are about to come to light. Chance receives strange objects in the mail and the woman he falls in love with is nearly run down by a crazed driver.
Kendra Strafford, owner of Strafford’s Candle Creations, finds herself drawn to the tall, handsome man from Los Angeles after starting a standing weekday coffee date with him. She can’t help but fall in love with him, despite his addiction and the strange happenings that seem to surround him. Her own brush with death only draws her closer to Chance.
Was her accident just an accident or was it part of a more devious scheme arising from Chance’s hidden past and will they overcome the bizarre occurrences besieging them to explore their developing love?
I live in South Central Pennsylvania with my wonderful, loving husband and my beautiful daughter. I also have a son who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. I have a cat named Kolzig and a dog named Cede who allow us to live with them.
I love to write and read. I also make jewelry when the mood strikes. I’m a huge sports fan. I love football, NASCAR, and hockey. I’m also a bit of a game show freak. I love old game shows from the 70s and 80s like Match Game and $25,000 Pyramid. Television shows like Criminal Minds and The Voice are also favorites of mine.