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Date:12/21/2014 6:49:25 PM
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"Trilight"
"What a moon! Let's not waste it!" For the second time in my blogs, I've used this quote from one of the rabbits of Richard Adams' "Watership Down." Those of you who have been loyal visitors to La Ferme Sabloneuse know of my affinity with the moon and I suspect that most of you feel the same way. It is at this time of year that twilight is more apparent than ever.

Twilight means the light of the Sun and Moon combined. Usually it applies to the evening. As the Sun drops behind the western horizon, the full moon competes (or combines) with the fading daylight to provide an added luminescence. Simply put, at this time of year, when the full moon and the Summer Solstice coalesce, there is a half-light throughout the night.

But I must also add another source of light. The light is of the firefly. I dare to name this magical time of year "Trilight". The light of the Sun, the Moon, and the fireflies. On these nights I can see in the late evening the lights of all three.

There is another Trilight. The full Moon, the set Sun below the horizon, and the dance of the Northern Lights. I've only once witnessed it on July 4th of 1976. I was 17 and spent the night wandering through the night with a high school friend, marveling at the wonders of that magical evening.

The Harvest Moon is my favorite and I think that I am not alone in that regard. But I also love the moon of the Summer Solstice. The Ojibwa and Lakota (Sioux) called this moon the "Strawberry Moon," fitting enough, as we gardeners know. The Abnaki call it the "Hoer Moon." All I know is that yesterday I hoed my vegetable garden and then picked strawberries. Then later, I stepped out and enjoyed the "trilight." -- Gary
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