Basking in the moonlight

ESCANABA- More watched over the years than any television show…

More frequently photographed or painted than kings, queens, presidents or pop singers…

Far more romantic than candle light or roses…

Yes, it’s the moon – that awesome orange orb that lights up the evening sky. “Did you see the moon last night?” is a question that Yoopers often ask each other.

I wonder how many cameras clicked at this past week’s spectacular full blue moon show. What a treat to see that peaceful pale-faced moon reflecting on the bay or poking down shards of light between the treetops.

I’m sure we all remember our grandparents saying things like, “every once in a blue moon all of the chores get done.” Well, a blue moon is a term used to describe a calendar month that has two full moons in it.

Years ago when people were more in touch with nature the blue moons had nicknames like “the green corn moon, or the grain moon.”

It is sort of nice to know that no matter how modernized we become, we still are drawn to the rhythm and the dance of the moon. Farmers still plant crops by the new moons and full moons. Folks who hunt and fish still look up to the moon for the best times to be successful.

Calendars of every size and description – some on paper some in cyberspace – regulate our lives and keep us organized and on schedule.

The moon may just be just reflecting back some of the sun’s rays, but that night light is more than a guide. It is a taste of tranquility in an often too-busy, too-bright world. In our world today, it is proven that all of the artificial light that we generate is sometimes not healthy.

Light pollution is everywhere. Our brains need darkness to properly rest and rejuvenate. So the black sky with the gentle moonlight is good for us.

Here in Upper Michigan, we are fortunate to be able to get away from the bright lights. Where is the best place to enjoy the moon light? In the boat on the lake, on the ski trail, over a country meadow, at camp, out on the trail with the sled dogs, in the bow hunting blind and as it shines in through the bedroom window, are some of the answers I got.

Just think about how many books have “moon” in the title and how many songs have the word “moon” in them?

The nocturnal creatures of the north woods frolic in the big blue moon light. Raccoons shatter the moon beams on the river as they disturb the surface to catch a crayfish. Black bears eat green apples that have been polished by the moon shine.

Flying squirrels, with their saucer like eyes, glint and glide in the moon light. And the owl sings to the moon.

Turn off your flashlight for a moment or two. Stand at the edge of a star filled field. In the still of the night, enjoy the peaceful, prayerful good night moon.

Karen (Rose) Wils is a lifelong resident of north Escanaba. Her folksy columns are published each Friday in Lifestyles.