Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ring Around The Moon

Last night JD mentioned how pretty the moon was. It was a perfectly round shape and a brilliant silvery white. What was really fascinating about it was the ring around it. The sky on the outside of the ring was foggy and misty looking, yet the sky within the circle was perfectly clear. It was almost like the moon had been framed and hung up there for our enjoyment. We took a couple of pictures of it. I believe that if you click on the picture it should enlarge big enough for you to see what I am talking about. As it some times goes though, the picture doesn't do it justice. We have had such an unusually warm fall that I was starting to wonder if we are going to have a winter this year. has the following to say about what we saw which answers my questions about where winter has gone:

"Moon Ring Weather Folklore:

Folklore has it that a ring around the moon signifies bad weather is coming, and in many cases this may be true. So how can rings around the moon be a predictor of weather to come? The ice crystals that cover the halo signify high altitude, thin cirrus clouds that normally precede a warm front by one or two days. Typically, a warm front will be associated with a low pressure system which is commonly referred to as a storm. It is believed that the number of stars within a moon halo indicate the number days before bad weather will arrive. Give it a try the next time you observe a moon halo."

I received a surprise in the mail yesterday from my brother. He had a VCR tape of a family Christmas in '92 and burned it to a DVD. As I watched my mother in the DVD and heard her voice again it felt like she was giving me a warm hug. Even though it has been 8 years since she lost her battle with cancer, I still miss her so much during the holidays. I will never be able to express how appreciative I am to my brother for the DVD that he sent to me. I was blessed to have had her for my mother. To my way of thinking, my life would have been well lived if just one person feels that my presence in their life was a blessing and that I had made a difference for just one person.

May your week ahead be filled with blessings and love.


BClark said...

Your pictures came out pretty good, I still have not mastered my camera and night shots,lol.

Jo, you touch many people so never worry about that.

Liked the bit of folklore, so often there is a great bit of truth in them.

Best to you my friend, Barbara

Mountain Mama said...

Your moon ring photos are fascinating. In the late fall I have seen something similar. I have never thought to take oictures of it though. I;m glad you did.

I lost my mother eight years ago also. I miss her all the time but especially at Christmas. It was always a time she loved because family all got together. Now here I am the matriarch of my family and I know how she felt.

Lib said...

Love the pics.
Bad weather is headed our way!
I'm back to blogging ,been along time.
Hope you're having a great wk.

PEA said...

You really got some good shots of that moon ring! It was so interesting reading the folklore about's a shame it means bad weather coming, though! lol

I can well imagine how thrilled you were to received that dvd from your brother. I have 8mm film reels from my childhood that I want to convert to dvd, must look into that soon. Hopefully the films haven't started to desintergrate. xoxo

Tracy said...

Awww yes that is a gorgeous moon! I love evenings when the moon is like that. I know its been awhile since i have been in blogger land, but i wanted to wish you and JD a very Merry Christmas. May this year be a year full of blessings and joy for you and yours. Hugs