Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Eye in the night sky

The waxing gibbous moon begins its watch at the close of the day, as seen through a tunnel of branches from the trees along Tyler Creek near my home in Elgin, Illinois. This photo was taken several days ago. The moon will be full tonight and tomorrow night.

For the next three days, I will be perched on the narrow ledge of frozen rock that juts out into Lake Michigan north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. On the map, Door County is the “finger” that extends from Wisconsin into Lake Michigan. Temperatures are not expected to advance much farther than the single digits (both above and below zero) over the weekend. Interesting that the arctic blast coincides with Groundhog Day, the midpoint between the winter solstice and vernal equinox.

After toughing that out, it ought to be downhill until spring, wot? And the weather reports are calling for clouds on Friday. Hmmm. No shadows. Nice.

Life’s been hectic of late and my wife and I will head up into the frozen north from home base near Chicago and clear our heads in the mind-numbing air. You could call it … chilling out.

We’ll see how the camera works in those temperatures on Saturday. We'll see how the Bears work in the temperatures of Miami on Sunday.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.

The name’s James A couple of weeks ago I posted a chart that estimated how many people in the U.S. had the same name as me. One of those other James Jordans stopped by my photo stream at Flickr to comment on one of my photos. The other James Jordan has a very nice photo stream of his own.


Hillary said...

Oh is THAT why Gronundhog day is where it is?!?!

See? Ya learn somehting new every day! :)

James said...

That's where the "six more weeks of winter" comes from. If the groundhog sees his shadow, you have to take the full ride of winter up to the equinox. If no shadow, you get an early reprieve.

Tomas Karkalas said...

wow...while looking at your photo I recognized my own surroundings. That looks impossible physically because I live in Lithuania and it is very far from your wonderful branches that hold the moon. However, thats the art power-fairy stories question us everywhere alike. Congratulations, you made a good shot.

DotMySpot said...

hiye :) just stopping by to say hi.. nice blog u have here :)