I was a student at Seattle Pacific University, Washington in May 1980 when Mt. St. Helen had erupted. The ashes drifted over many states and could be seen from Chicago. Mercy, Will and I went to visit in September 2016 and saw a lot of plant growth. This is a great illustration of the force of destruction and the force of life.
I did take some photos of the super blue blood moon. I was fascinated by the supermoon photos around the world so I was anxious to do the previous post.
The super blue blood moon only appeared in a short duration of time and the red color was more intense in a certain part of the world. The photos I took was more of a super blue moon rather than a super blue blood moon – the red color from the eclipse only last for a short while. The last photo was taken on January 30th.
Supermoon January 31, 2018: Rare super blue blood moon takes to the sky as three unusual lunar phenomena – an extra big super moon, a blue moon and a total eclipse – takes place at the same time.
The last time there was a super blue blood moon eclipse was 150 years ago in 1866.
The super blue blood moon is the culmination of a blue moon (commonly referred to as the second full moon in a month) and a supermoon when the Earth is at its closest orbit to our planet. The blood moon is the phenomenon whereby the moon in total eclipse appears reddish in color as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered and refracted by the earth’s atmosphere.
Click the link to see the slideshow of the super blue blood moon.
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “contrast.”
The Southern California wildfires have been burning for 13 days in Ventura County to Santa Barbara County. Residents described the neighborhood as “war zone.” This is the third largest wildfire in California history. Wildfires have devoured more than 116,000 acres. Smoke stretches 1,000 miles across the Pacific – the distance between New York and Miami. 2017 has been the most expensive year for US wildfires, with damages topping $10 billion.
My heart is heavy for the people who lost their homes and all their treasures. I do pray for rainstorm pouring in this part of the world, to stop the fire and clean the air. Some residents came back to their burned homes, putting up Christmas trees and decorations to bring some cheer to the neighborhood.
The fire zone is about 120 miles from our city, but it surely affects the temperature in this area. In contrast to the past winters, the last two days were in the 80so F during the day. The birds were chirping as if it was spring. The flowers in my garden have a burst of growth.
I would like to present these flowers to the residents who lost their homes in the sense of hope!
This is my response to Cee’s Share Your World – November 13, 2107
Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?
We do that often, especially in Laguna Lake. My husband and I love to walk around Laguna Lake which is 0.77 miles around. We walk around the lake twice, then find a shaded bench and sit down. The lake is a home to many kinds of ducks, Egyptian Geese, turtle and many sea creatures. The irrigation system keeps the water of the lake flowing while there is stillness on a calm day. In the summer, the ducks enjoy their lazy nap by tugging their heads under the wings. We relax and watch people doing their leisure fishing, riding their horses, their bikes, jogging, walking their dogs, or walking their babies in strollers.
When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?
We do all of them. My husband has a large rechargeable industrial lantern by the bed upstairs. We have different sizes of flashlights. When the electricity is out due to a storm or other reasons, I usually turn on a small flashlight to find the lighter to light the candles. As soon as I have five or six candles lit, I would turn off the flashlight. Candles light up the immediate areas around each candle. With several candles. We could see quite well walking around the house.
Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?
Given $10,000 for my own use would only benefit me. But given $100,000 to give to strangers would benefit many people. I would give $500 to each individual and $1000 to each family. So, it would benefit more than 100 individuals and families.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.