Hey Moon, we’ve got to stop meeting like this.  My wife is going to suspect something is up if we keep seeing each other a couple of times a day!

Another day of work and some driving, another day of a couple of pretty awesome moon experiences.  I’m not sure how I lucked into the timing like this, but two straight work days have been bookended by moonsets and moonrises.  Kind of crazy that my drive times have lined up so well with the rise and fall of the almost full moon.  

This morning as I drove to Winona the moon was slowly sinking into the Mississippi River, occasionally hiding behind the bluffs.  As I got closer to Winona I realized that I’d have a couple of minutes before it disappeared.  Smiling, I took a slight detour on my way to the Economic Development Committee meeting and ducked behind Winona Health and was able to watch a particularly stunning moon set for the second day in a row.   

If only the moon looked as big in the picture as it did with my eyes.  The colors of the sky were such a beautiful blend of dark blues, purples, pinks, and a tinge of orange.  Minutes later it was gone, back to normal.

On my drive back tonight the moon had just started to pull free from the horizon and was an unbelievable shade of dark orange.  All I could think was that I wish Linus was there to see the rise of the Great Pumpkin!  In the frigid air I could easily see all the details, the craters, the ridges.  It was so clear that I struggled for a half second to see the rabbit in the moon, one of my favorite short myths of all time.  Knowing the settings wouldn’t work for a picture I just enjoyed it and smiled and thought of the line from Walter Mitty:

Walter Mitty: When are you going to take it? 

Sean O’Connell: Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it. 

Walter: Stay in it? 

Sean: Yeah. Right there. Right here.

Based on the progression of timing I’m pretty sure the streak is about to end.  While I’d love to see the beautiful moon sets and moonrises every day of my life there’s something special about only seeing the great ones sparingly.  I don’t get used to them, I don’t go numb to them.  I take them in and try to stay right there in the moment and appreciate it.



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