Vervain ((Verbena bonariensis)
Tonight’s Waxing Gibbous Moon (09-09-2019)
Today, I’ve got more blooms for Sara’s garden. She asked me earlier, if we could get some more milkweed for her, so she might have a good chance to raise Monarch butterflies. Well, the Monarch migration to Mexico began last month. And soon we will see them flying through our neighborhood. Monarchs love to stop for a good energy boost, and the females lay eggs on the milkweed. Usually that gives us four to six weeks to raise the next generation of Monarchs, and send them on their way to Mexico, where they can overwinter and come back in Spring.
But we’ve also got some goodies for the bees and other pollinators. Sara will get some Purpletop Vervain, Blue Sage, Dill, Garlic, and Thai Basil planted in her garden. I hope, we will have some good blooming in the garden, the first frost hits usually by mid-November.
Tonight, we also have a beautiful clear sky with a bright Waxing Gibbous Moon. Since it is so nice outside, I had to capture a photo and post it. 😉
Happy Flower Garden!
Today was just one of those days, I didn’t feel like doing much. Some days are there for being lazy and do a whole bunch of nothing. But I still went outside to do my daily photography. Kevin found a young toad, when he worked on mulching the west side of the house. A Pearl Crescent butterfly enjoyed some nectar from the blooming Lantana flowers. The Texas sunset was beautiful as always. And I could capture the Moon in some clouds; a very beautiful and dramatic setting, we’ve had this evening.
Pearl Crescent Butterfly on Lantana “Dallas Red”
Beautiful July Garden Sunset
Dramatic Moon rise
The Waxing Gibbous Moon (07-09-2019) 🌔
Oh, I forgot to capture the Moon in it’s First Quarter phase at 5:55 am (CDT). Now, I look at the Moon. And of course it’s a sliver more than the Quarter of this morning. Therefore we are in the Waxing Gibbous phase, this evening.
This evening, we had one “Mocker” sitting so perfectly in the neighbor’s tree, that the Moon was behind the bird and the last rays of the Sun were reflecting in an orange-red shade on its feathers. The Mockingbird sang a song about Spring, warmth, sunshine, mating and probably a couple lines about the rising Moon. I just hope for him, he’s not the Bachelor, that sits in a nearby tree and sings this very same song from 2:30 – 4:00 every morning.
Our Texas State Bird sings in the sunset infront of the Waxing Gibbous Moon.
May’s Waxing Gibbous Moon
The April Pink Moon is almost full.
Before the severe thunderstorm comes through North Texas tonight, the sky cleared up, and I could photograph the waxing gibbous Moon in the early evening hours. In two days, the April Pink Moon will be full. Of course, the Moon won’t be pink. It got it’s name from the Spring pink blooms at this time of the year. Hopefully, this weekend the sky will be clear for a perfect shot of the “Easter Full Moon”.
Tonight’s Waxing Gibbous Moon (01-19-2019)
I’ve captured one last shot of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, before Luna’s big night tomorrow. We will have a Super Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse.
The Moon will be in its perigee stage and as close as 221,681 miles (356,761 Kilometers) to Earth. This will be the closest approach for the year 2019. The furthest Full Moon will occur in June, this year. In it’s apogee stage it will be 252,622 miles (406,555 Kilometers) away from Earth. Being perigee and apogee, the distance of these two Moon stages is approximately 30,000 miles (50,000 Kilometers).
When we experience a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Earth covers the Moon 100 percent from the Sun. While the light supply from the Sun is cut due to the Earth’s shadow, the Moon doesn’t go completely dark. Instead, the surface of the Moon takes a reddish glow. Therefore, we call it a Blood Moon.
Let’s hope for a clear sky tomorrow night. The Lunar Eclipse can be seen from Eastern Russia at sunset, the North and South America at night and early morning hours. It also can be seen in Western Africa and in Europe before sunrise.
Beautiful skies, we had this afternoon. The wind was strong and brisk, but the Sun was warm. Friday suppose to be warm in the low 70s (21°C), before we drop into the low 20s (-6°C) on Sunday night. Kevin and I need to bring some potted plants, including the Meyer Lemon tree in the garage for a couple of nights. But in the meantime, we enjoy the warmer temperatures, before the Texas Winter comes back.
The Waxing Gibbous Moon through the Bradford tree branches
The blue sky is back.
The Sun through the neighbors Bradford tree