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Date:4/20/2014 4:06:55 AM
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The Moon of the Falling Leaves
As the title says, this is "The Moon of the Falling Leaves". Last month I had said that there were two Harvest Moons this year. My Punky, Amanda Truckey, is spending more that 12 hours a day this week honoring the moon, so to speak. She is helping to harvest the soybean crop in Nebraska and next will be harvesting corn. I don't know if the full moon helps them at all since all the tractors and combines have super-powered floodlights but its still nice to think of my daughter operating her big John Deere as the orange Harvest Moon rises over the horizon.

Again, as mentioned last month, the First Nations didn't regard this moon as one of harvest, although the Abenaki called September "The Corn Maker Moon" and the Ojibwe and the Menominees called it "The Rice Moon". As for October, the Abenaki called it "Penibagos, The Leaf Falling Moon". The Ojibwe (Chippewa, or most accurately, Anishnaabe) called it "Binaakwe-giizis, Falling Leaves Moon".

And so it is the time of the falling leaves at La Ferme Sabloneuse. The smaller Maple saplings have already lost their leaves. I was hard pressed to find one or two today to mark for transplanting next week, for what the Farmwife calls "Passalong Plants". The "Great Maple" or "The Truckey Tree" as our good neighbors call it, is in full color, though already the grass under it is carpeted in red. This next week will see wind and rain and I know that I will see the leaves fly. It is sad, I know, but I love it all the same. In recompense, our Oaks will turn a deep wine-red and almost purple and retain most of their leaves for almost another month. I love raking leaves in the wind, walking along my mail route among the blowing leaves in the wind, and going out for night forays with the late Autumn moon plowing through the scudding clouds with leaves rattling and scurrying in the wind. --Gary
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