February 19, 2019

I'm up at 5 blogging in the dark and what's that glare in the upper left corner of my vision?

Is it some post-cataract-surgery hinkiness?

I break my screen-stare and look. It's the moon.

The SUPER SNOW MOON — the "largest and brightest" moon of the year.

The moon just reached the spot where it shines in my window, and I love its company as I'm up writing in the dark and love the prospect of the pre-dawn with the moon slipping downward between 2 trees.

I remember the Super Blood Wolf Moon in January. I looked at it, but I couldn't see very well, and all the detail was lost on me. It was bright, but only a bright blob. Now, with my new bionic eyesight, the moon has a sharp outline. Super Snow Moon... beautiful!

34 comments:

PJ57 said...

The moon is so bright that I can not make out the Man in the Moon. Hope he is okay!

Molly said...

For me, up at 5:40, opening the door to let the dog out, the full moon was right in front of me (approximately due west), striking enough that I called the dog's attention to it. There was a cat in a neighbor's yard; he didn't care about the moon.

stevew said...

When they were young I would take my kids out for "moon walks" during a visible full moon. We just walked around the neighborhood in the bright moon light. Everything appears in shades of gray. I started it one time after reading "Hello Moon" to my daughter. They still talk about these walks, 30 years later, and I still love looking at the full moon.

Sharc 65 said...

Made me look. Beautiful! (I noted the big full moon last month, but somehow missed altogether the fact that it would be eclipsed later in the evening.)

gilbar said...

super glad that your eyes are working!
now, WHERE'S OUR POPCORN??!!??

David Begley said...

Hinky. Now there’s a word. Famously used by a Chicago cop in “The Fugitive.”

Shouting Thomas said...

Congratulations on your successful surgery.

Anonymous said...

The moon just reached the spot where it shines in my window, and I love its company.

I'm having the same experience as I type this. The moon is framed in the large window just to the right of my desk. Very beautiful. No need to turn on the lights as I carried my coffee to my desk this morning. Still need my glasses, though.

Ganderson said...

I was hyper sensitive to every little thing after I had my surgery. My doctor was tolerant of my overreaction. I hope you are seeing well! I see better now than I have since 3rd grade. Truly a miracle.

JML said...

It is cloudy here in Central NM. No moon for me. I used to love low level flying in a full moon (I was a Navigator on a C-130). Great views, just a hint of color, and it all seemed so peaceful and quiet. Never wanted to go to war in it, though.

Patrick Henry was right! said...

So glad you are seeing normally now!!! Dealing with retinal tears, which are a major pain.
Continued healing and recovery to you!!!

Humperdink said...

The glare you see? That's Bernie, who just announced another run.

Otto said...

Glad your vision is being restored.

Fen said...

"That's Bernie, who just announced another run"

As a socialist, from the porch of his 3rd house. These people are noseblind to their own corruption. Oblivious to shame.

I caught the Blood Moon Eclipse. Big deal for me because I am a Cancer and the Moon is my star.

It was blurry and a water color red. Sadly, I had just given away my (very cheap) telescope to a friend in divorce-custody hell. His kids bday waa coming up and he had no money (or ideas) for a gift.

So if anyone can recommend the best "magnification for cost" sweetspot, I would appreciate it.

But, as some of our vets know, nothing beats the full moon over the open sea. It's HUGE. In an almost frightening wayy. Fills up the entire sky, like its fallen into the atmosphere. Although I'm told this is an optical illusion because your eye has no frame of reference looking into a horizon with nothing but ocean...

(no Chucks or Ingas were harmed in this post. But one mouse was spotted and captured for the hamster wheel)

Ann Althouse said...

"striking enough that I called the dog's attention to it"

Ha ha. It's nice to be able to say things out loud because the dog is listening. The things we say to dogs that they can't possibly understand.

And yet wolves howl at the moon....

Ann Althouse said...

"I was hyper sensitive to every little thing after I had my surgery. My doctor was tolerant of my overreaction."

The cataracts made me sensitive to light. I couldn't handle the contrasts and the glare. So it's much better now. I thought maybe things would become so sharp and vivid that I'd be exclaiming in wonderment all the time. And I want things to look normal, not overly exciting. I got that, and it's lovely. The real world, as perceived by a human being... that's what I want and what I got.

Ann Althouse said...

"Dealing with retinal tears, which are a major pain."

I sympathize.

I know I'm at high risk for that sort of thing (because the shape of my eyeballs is, as before, that of a very nearsighted person).

Phil 314 said...

Thanks for the reminder. Cold (for AZ) and dark and yes the mom is full and bright.

Have to admit, I felt a little like Chevy Chase at the Grand Canyon in “Family Vacation”.

“Okay, Let’s go.”

traditionalguy said...

Very nice touch, precious Professor.

Sydney said...

It was a beautiful moon. Last night we had a very clear night and new fallen snow. When I looked out the window before going to bed, the moon was making the snow glimmer in a way I had never seen before. It looked like someone had shaken glitter over it. It was beautiful.

Birches said...

Yay!

MadisonMan said...

I also noticed it when I was out shoveling at 5 - the plows came by last night.

Danno said...

hinkiness - Cuzz of Althouse, ah lurned anuther wurd dis morning.

RBE said...

The sun and moon know how to put on a stellar show for us to enjoy every day!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

So glad to hear that your eye surgery recovery is going well. I am probably due for that procedure soon. I'm very afraid :-(

The cataracts made me sensitive to light. I couldn't handle the contrasts and the glare. So it's much better now. I thought maybe things would become so sharp and vivid that I'd be exclaiming in wonderment all the time. And I want things to look normal, not overly exciting. I got that, and it's lovely. The real world, as perceived by a human being... that's what I want and what I got.

This is comforting.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I love these bright moon nights.

These few last days have been clear which means that we can see the stars at night and the moon shines incredibly bright. Clear skies mean that it is also very very cold. 8 degrees this morning and lots of frozen snow on the ground to reflect the moonlight.

Because we live in an area where there are no outside lights, street lights, other buildings with lights. (other than a couple of motion lights on our workshop and driveway) No light pollution. It is beautifully dark.

The moon is so bright right now, shining through the windows and leaking around some of the curtains drawn on the wall of windows to keep the cold out, that we don't even need a night light to be able to get up and walk around the house.

The stars are STUNNING mysterious and unreachable. The moon is so beautifully bright and the shadows cast by the moon in the middle of the night are magical. Sometimes on nights like this when I can't sleep I sit for a while, at my office window, in the dark, and watch the world outside under the trees and in the field, lit by the moon.

Just like our ancestors did tens of thousands of years ago. Mulling over the mystery of the world, of the stars and wondering really, what is it all about.

Krumhorn said...

I’m so happy your surgery went well. You must be thrilled.

- Krumhorn

Maillard Reactionary said...

Your post has gotten my day off to an excellent (if somewhat late) start!

Good for you.

Original Mike said...

As an amateur astronomer, I have a love/HATE relationship with the moon. Ten percent love, 90 percent hate.

When it's up I can see its beauty, but I know the much greater beauty it's destroying.

cruiser said...

I remember when I had that done and individual trees magically appeared on the hillsides

Original Mike said...

Fen said..."So if anyone can recommend the best "magnification for cost" sweetspot, I would appreciate it."

I've read generally positive reviews for these tabletop scopes.

BJM said...

I bundled up and sat on the terrace awhile last night...me and a couple of barn cats enjoyed the moon rise. The intense moonlight reminded me of the "midnight sun" of the far North.

BTW- you can download an app to your phone that will track the stars. While I know most of them, some I've not seen since childhood. Dark skies and quiet nights were one the factors in our choice to go rural.

DavidD said...

I got glasses when I went into the Army at 17.

My eyes weren’t bad—20/25 and 20/40, as I recall; I’d passed the vision test for a driver’s license without any.

I put them on and could see individual leaves on the trees across the way—it was striking.

Couldn’t wear them except for looking straight ahead, though—the ground, the stairs, tabletops appeared tilted when I looked down. Something about the plastic lenses, I believe.

Tried to explain it to the optometrist; he said I had 20/20 vision with them on and threw me out of his office; got written up for having gone on sick call about them and missed CPR training, besides.

That was a long time ago; I wear bifocal contact lenses now.

Scott M said...

Years ago, maybe 2012, I was reading a blog here at AA and it was either about tinnitus or someone in the comments brought it up. While I had heard of the term before and knew roughly that it meant something about constant noise in the ear, I really didn't know anything about it. In the couple of days after that blog post, I remember noticing a ringing in my own left ear. It has never stopped and is most noticeable, nigh upon maddening, at night when I'm falling asleep and the house is silent.