what an incredible way to say goodbye to a year
walking across a frozen lake with special friends
while wrapped up for sub-zero temps
with twinkling snowflakes swirling down in silence
under the watchful eye of a beautiful moon
and waking up to see it all in a new light in the morning
as we welcome in the new year
“i always loved the idea that a photograph was a memory frozen in time.”
michigan from way up there
the waxing moon enabled this unique VIIRS view of the great lakes last night.
note the moon glint below lake-effect clouds over lake superior.
“a sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.”
~antoine de saint-exupery
image credit: cimss – Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, university of wisconsin-madison, https://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/
last night’s super moon over ann arbor.
“i’ve never seen a moon in the sky that,
if it didn’t take my breath away,
at least misplaced it for a moment.”
image credit: g.e. anderson, alumni association of university of michigan
“harvest moon: around the pond i wander and the night is gone.”
art credit: ‘harvest moon’ – painting by nancy bush
”blooming under a cold moon, we are like fireworks…
rising, shining, and finally scattering and fading.
so until that moment comes when we vanish like fireworks…
let us sparkle brightly, always…”
the 1967 outer space treaty forbids any nation from trying to own the moon.
it was the 60’s. the height of the cold war.
they made a treaty not to own the moon.
at the united nations convention of the law of the sea in 1982
it was agreed that the moon, like the high seas,
is considered “res communis” roughly translated to “common to all mankind.”
credits: mental floss magazine