Ever since I started my blogging experience with WordPress not so long ago, I have “met” some wonderful people in the blogging community. They inspire me with their blogs and kind comments. I love reading other bloggers’ posts as much as I enjoy writing my own. Just recently, I read a beautiful poem titled “Under the Harvest Moon” by poet Carl Sandburg that was posted by another WordPress blogger. It was a very beautiful, inspirational poem. For those of you who are not familiar with the actual “Harvest Moon,” it’s a full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. It appears orange due to the way light scatters in the atmosphere. In other words, the Harvest Moon is low in the sky near the horizon where the atmosphere is thicker, which absorbs blue light and allows red light to pass through. Just to point out, I’m not an expert on astronomy, so I needed to do a little research on that. Nonetheless, as a result of reading that beautiful poem, I decided to take some time to enjoy the real “Harvest Moon” on that very same evening that I read the poem. I first commented that I had planned to enjoy the experience later that evening. After my “Harvest Moon” experience, I posted this second comment:
“I thought I would give an update on this evening’s beautiful “Harvest Moon.” Not long after sunset, I went outside with my husband to enjoy the view together. We looked to the evening sky, and much to our surprise, we could not find the moon at all. We looked east, west, south and north. Yet, there was no moon to be found. However, the sky was clear. We saw numerous stars. I said, “How could this possibly be?” So, we decided to take a stroll down the road to look for the elusive “Harvest Moon.” After a short walk, we looked “low” in the east sky. And low and behold, shining through the swaying palm trees was a bright “orange moon.” I have not seen anything quite like it before. I have seen many moons, but nothing at all like this. It really was breathtaking! The color was as crisp as an autumn day. Just stunning! Anyway, we both loved it. We will cherish the memory. Seasons will change, but memories will last forever. Thanks again for the reminder! I would have completely missed it otherwise.”
I wanted to share my comment with you for one very important reason. To be specific, I wanted to show how other WordPress bloggers could inspire or enlighten us with their blog. It may be something as simple as sharing a beautiful poem. As in this case, the poem served as a reminder that the “Harvest Moon” was to make an appearance. I thought that I might have been too late, but soon realized via a quick internet search that I had not yet missed it.
Life is full of stunning natural wonders that we have yet to experience. The “Harvest Moon” is one such natural wonder that I am now familiar with more than ever. My beautiful experience with this natural wonder has given me a wonderful memory with family that I will cherish forever. As I wrote on my comment, “seasons will change, but memories will last forever.” And so will all of our wonderful experiences with family and friends.
As much as I enjoy writing what I am passionate about; I also love reading other bloggers’ posts. Other bloggers can inspire us, enlighten us, take us on exciting journeys, make us laugh, or even make us cry. Most of all, they are like a distant friend. Yet, the distance doesn’t weaken the blogging bond that we all share together. And as “The Island Traveler” so eloquently wrote on his blog, “It’s not about numbers, but it’s building meaningful connections.”
Here is the link to the poem that inspired me to learn more about the actual Harvest Moon: http://www.ingebrita.net/2011/09/12/under-the-harvest-moon/
For me personally, this learning experience turned into a beautiful, memorable moment in time. Why not enjoy the many natural wonders that Mother Nature has to offer with family, friends, or even experience them solo? It may be too late to enjoy the Harvest Moon this time around, yet there are so many other natural wonders that await your arrival.