Gumdrop Moon

Different cultures have different names for the full moons of the year, and January’s is called anything from Wolf Moon to Snow Moon to Winter Moon to Moon of the Terrible. But the moon that rose over Lake Geneva last night, caught here as we drove across Mont Blanc Bridge, was nothing so fearsome as…

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Spawn Skimming

Coral reefs spawn beneath a springtime full moon, sending up a synchronized release of countless coral eggs and sperm to mingle in the sea, sometimes across great distances. These form planulae, coral larvae, which first float to the water’s surface, then swim back down to the reef or seabed, and form new coral. And yet,…

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Skyward Run

The day started like this. By evening, the clouds had cleared, so at one point the run looked like this in one direction. Like this in the other. And like this straight ahead. Then I looked over my shoulder, and this fine fellow popped up over a cloud. It was a pretty good day, sky-wise.…

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A Pulled Thread

Today dawned a thin pale sky against a white landscape, the kind of winter day which is hard to tell from any other, and where the hours from dawn to dusk look much the same. I was thinking that if I didn’t have a clock and a calendar, I wouldn’t have any idea where I…

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