Today is my brother Charlie's birthday. Happy Birthday Charlie!
It's also a date that getting more and more significant as I get older. I swear I was in my twenties before I even realized that the days are shorter during some periods of the year and longer during others. I guess I never questioned daylight. It just was what it was.
Now I just love the long days and, more and more, dread the short ones. Tonight it was light until nine and twilight stayed for an hour. I went driving in the convertible, top down, along River Drive, flood plain to my left (no buildings). And a gibbous moon. Just beginning to get coolish after a warm day. Dusk falling. Lights beginning to come on in houses here and there. Lovely.
Speaking of lovely—in honor of the seasons and the circling, tilting planets, a lovely video by Mark Gee, who captured moonrise in real time over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. (Read more about how he did it at Vimeo.) Music by Dan Phillipson. Watch it full screen if you can.
Not directly relevant to the date, I suppose, but it does seem apropos. Thanks to Walter Glover, who sent me the link to this.
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Peter Marquis-Kyle: "Today is my birthday too. Here in the southern hemisphere it's the shortest day of the year."
Roger Bradbury: "'Full Moon Silhouettes' is a film made from a brilliantly simple idea perfectly executed. Nicely done, Mark.
"It's my sister in law's birthday today too. I sang 'Happy Birthday' to her down the phone this morning. Happy birthday, Jane."
Peter: "Apropos: this weekend is 'Supermoon.'"
Peter Barnes: "Gloat on about the longest day of the year, you Northerners. Guess what day it is down here in the Antipodes? Good news is it's all downhill for the next six months for you lot, while our days just get longer and longer...."
Jim Witkowski: "I thought this day would never end!"
Michael F: "As a landscape photographer, I truly appreciate the short days of winter, and dislike the long days of summer. A 7:00 a.m. winter sunrise is reasonable and civilized; getting up for a 5:30 a.m. summer sunrise is torture."
John: "Oh, no, Mike. Don't mention the convertible. Every time you do, I miss my Mazda Miata too much and find myself checking current lease prices. One day, one day...."
Mike replies: I'm not going to be any help to you there, John. The Miata is wonderful recreation, a great way to get sun and see the countryside, and the most fun you can have on public roads with an automobile without getting arrested. And you can get a decent NB (my favorite) for six or seven grand if you look around and shop carefully. If I can afford it, mine's going to Colorado for a rebuild next winter.