Thursday, May 15, 2014

Full Flower Moon and Enchanting Planet Earth

The Flower Moon of May is sometimes referred to as the Corn Planting Moon because corn is ready to plant.  Other full moon names include the Hare Moon and the Milk Moon.

When it warms up here at the Cottage
 we have large gnats called Lake County gnats, a type of midge.  They measure 
about 3/4 of an inch wide and resemble  a mosquito, making a high pinch buzz and really annoying if one gets  inside the house.   They only live long enough to mate and lay their eggs....usually within a week or can die within a day too.  But since there are thousands of them in swarms they always seem to be around.  They appear at dusk.   Fortunately they don't bite.

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I just found an enlightening video I wanted to share with you about astronauts and their profound experiences (The Overview effect) after viewing planet Earth from space.  It is 19 minutes long, but worth every minute, especially around 3:45 into it.   The images are simply incredible.  To watch (and please do)  CLICK HERE  
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The Overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.  It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void", shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot"  becomes both obvious and imperative.  From
For more info Overview Institute

What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon, but that they set eye on the earth.
--- Norman Cousins

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