Posts Tagged ‘moon’

Butterfly on the Moon

April 26, 2018

Nonsense verse inspired by Kesava Murthy, who wondered how much a butterfly would weigh on the moon

Thought the butterfly as she flitted over the moon,
“I can’t stay here, I’ll have to leave soon.
It is a matter that’s sad to state
But on this place, alas, I have hardly any weight.
How can I lay eggs or perpetuate my race
If I can’t even land but float off into space?
Alas!” she added, ” I may be over the Moon
But it’s the worth of the Earth that is my greatest boon.”

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I must be careful…

November 5, 2014

A lesson I have learnt from the moon.

I may imagine that I am carefully showing only my illuminated, best parts to the world…but my dark side will also show….

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Blood Moon, and Total Lunar Eclipse, 081014

October 8, 2014

Some images I took, though half asleep:

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It was, really, a blood moon:

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The moon almost looked like Mars!

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The moon and the star

May 2, 2014

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If you were the moon and I was a star,
We would have a home in the sky
People would see you from afar
I’d have the right to look on you from close by!

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The Holi Full Moon

March 18, 2014

The full moon of

Holi

festival where evil is burnt up…..

She came up when we were visiting our friends.

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She rose along the side of the buildings:

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She told the children in the playground that it was time to go home:

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She looked like a sandal-paste moon:

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But later, she looked more prosaic:

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Field Notes, organized by the St.Louis Beacon, 18, 19, and 201213

October 20, 2013

I decided to go to the opening event of

“Field Notes”

It was a bonfire, opposite the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

here

are the details.

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I was privileged to meet

Bob Duffy founder of the St.Louis Beacon, who organized the event:

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Archaeologist Dr. Timothy Pauketat gave a presentation about “A Full Moon Over Cahokia Mounds 1000 Years Ago,” explaining the relationship between the structure of Cahokia Mounds and the lunar calendar, and how it wove into Cahokia’s goddess-based religion.

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Here’s Dr Tim Pauketat presenting:

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Cahokia Archaeological President Larry Kinsella showed a collection of archaeological tools from Cahokia Mounds, and talked very interestingly about them, too!

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We had local farmer Rusty Lee and his family demonstrate how to prepare popping corn using agricultural tools.

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Larry Loveless, a St.Louis percussionist and musician, co-ordinated a drummers’ circle.

Another percussionist had brought these Scooti drums from Kenya; he’d bought them there when his son learnt to play the drums.

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Here’s Scott Ragland, a percussionist who teaches at Saint Louis University, on the right:

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He seems to have just had a bright idea in the photo 😀

Larry said we should all drum together, and entice the Hunter’s Moon (Sharad Poornima for us) out of her hiding place in the clouds, but she was veiled throughout:

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Larry had a great collection of drums:

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Being used to a culture of being very careful with one’s musical instruments, I was amazed to see him handing them around:

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Larry talked to us, and we began with a small bell signalling the start of the drummers’ circle:

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Along with the popcorn, we also had a great American tradition…that of toasting marshmallows:

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Here’s my marshmallow. This was a first for me! They are made entirely of sugar.

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I met so many interesting people…Larry’s fiancee Aimee, her mother Stephanie, and her friend Heidi…and there was more warmth than the fire was providing!

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Here’s my hand, ready to drum (while the other hand takes the photo!)

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When A came over to pick me up, afterwards, I introduced her to everyone, too, and we had a nice natter together before dispersing. I’m looking forward to the Guided Walk in (where else?) Forest Park, tomorrow…today was a (total) surprise birthday party that DnA threw for me…but more about that later!

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Before the Supermoon…

June 27, 2013

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Plenty of poets have written words
About the moon in June…
But it’s lucky that I can write
About the Supermoon !

At least I wanted to, but alas,
The clouds hid it from sight.
So I decided to post the pics I took
Of the moon, the previous night!

When I see the moon like this,
I can almost see the astronauts..
Stepping gently on lunar soil.
Even my romantic thoughts

Are so down-to-earth! (Or are they
Up-to-moon? I wonder…)
When the moon makes others think of love…
I think,”Apollo 11″…that’s my blunder!

The moon in the clouds

May 30, 2013

Here’s the moon in the clouds.

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Or…is it a ghost in shrouds?

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Is she a woman heavily veiled?

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Or is it just vapour in a trail?

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The Bard and the birds

May 22, 2013

I went to see Twelfth Night at Forest Park.
But it had not yet become dark.
I went to hear some immortal words;
But everywhere I saw the birds.

In the trees of Shakespeare’s Glen,
I saw a little Carolina Wren.
There was a pretty Northern Flicker,
Taking pity upon this clicker.

I looked up and saw two Mourning Doves
Sitting…and watching,…on a wire above.
A family of pretty Kildeer
Came quite near, without too much fear.

Robins and Starlings came to witness the sight
Of a rehearsal of Twelfth Night.
But the biggest fans of the famous Bard
Seemed to be the waddling Mallards!

Several of these ran up eagerly
And, along with the audience, settled to see
A famous play…I’m sure its creator
Never imagined birds watching his theatre!

I’ve put up some of the photos of the birds at the rehearsal of the play…

click here for my FB album

They are the commonest birds imaginable…but they utterly delighted me! Where else can I get Art and Nature together like this, except Forest Park?

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Robin

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Flicker

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Mallards side

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Mallards diagonal

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Mallards near seats

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Mallards near stage

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Mallards near audience

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Tree sunshine

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Cherries

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Sunset Trees

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Moon leaves

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Sunset

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Grass

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Sunset Leaves

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Pune..intriguing sights

December 2, 2012

Pune has been a great place to wander around….I attended a reception; some circles become ellipses depending on the angle of the camera….

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Some circles have become ellipses, literally, out of this world:

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“Beyond look”, says the ad, and in Pune, almost all young women wear their scarves covering their face, almost as if it was (it isn’t) a religious thing….especially those who drive two-wheelers, finding it a slight protection from the sun, the dust, the smoke….

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A ship of the desert arrives in the city….is it used as a beast of burden? Or does it earn because of its novelty value?

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I went out before I asked why this man had been served a few chillies in a glass of water (he never touched it as long as I had my chai there)…

Pune has been a great place to wander around….I attended a reception; some circles become ellipses depending on the angle of the camera….

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Some circles have become ellipses, literally, out of this world:

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“Beyond look”, says the ad, and in Pune, almost all young women wear their scarves covering their face, almost as if it was (it isn’t) a religious thing….especially those who drive two-wheelers, finding it a slight protection from the sun, the dust, the smoke….

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A ship of the desert arrives in the city….is it used as a beast of burden? Or does it earn because of its novelty value?

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And…..a girl child, who ought to be going to school…..

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Is her diet balanced? Is her budget balanced? Is she better off than the poor schoolchildren who are made to swot irrelevant stuff at school, and are hustled to all manner of classes afterwards?

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Most children, affluent or not, do not have a choice in our country…

These were some of the thought-provoking sights I got, and these were the thoughts they provoked….

my friend Sharbari Lahiri from Hamilton, Ontario, had a lovely explanation;

And…..a girl child, who ought to be going to school…..

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Is her diet balanced? Is her budget balanced? Is she better off than the poor schoolchildren who are made to swot irrelevant stuff at school, and are hustled to all manner of classes afterwards?

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Most children, affluent or not, do not have a choice in our country…

These were some of the thought-provoking sights I got, and these were the thoughts they provoked….