Cottonwood Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs
Friday, June 5, 2020
Gather at the park entrance, 7pm
Park at pay meters on the access road via credit card/quarters
Cottonwood trees shed their “summer snow” seeds in a blizzard of fluff. Midwest springs and creeks show up from a distance as lines of green. One of the trees that survived the National Park Service 2010 clearcut is a leaning cottonwood framed in the arch of the Spring House.
That cottonwood is now designated as Coldwater’s guardian spirit tree after the (non-indigenous) great willow was removed because it was “dangerous” and not indigenous like everybody but Native Americans. But here we are all together now planting trees like crazy to mitigate climate catastrophe since trees convert carbon into oxygen.
Friends of Coldwater seek to honor this landscape ancestor. Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs monthly since 2000. We return to remember the spirits that feed this Spring. Please bring a rattle.
Sunset 8:56 pm (31 minutes later than the previous full moon)
Moonrise 9:06 pm (7 minutes later than last month’s full moon)
Exact minute of full moon 2:12 pm
The year in daylight on full moon days:
June 17, 2019 15 hours, 35 minutes daylight, 38 minute daylight gain – No wonder the kids won’t go to bed!
July 16th 15 hours, 13 minutes daylight, 22 minute daylight loss
August 15th 14 hours, 13 minutes, 1 hour daylight loss
September 13th 12 hours, 33 minutes, 1 hour, 50 minute daylight loss
NOTE: Wednesday, 9/25 we experience 12 hours of daylight & nighttime here.
October 13th 11 hours, 6 minutes, 1 hour, 27 minute daylight loss
November 12th 9 hours, 40 minutes, 1 hour, 26 minute daylight loss
December 11th 8 hours, 52 minutes, 28 minute daylight loss
January 10, 2020 9 hours, 1 minute, 9 minute daylight gain
February 9th 10 hours, 9 minute daylight gain
March 9th 11 hours, 33 minute, 1 hour, 24 minute daylight gain
April 7th 13 hours, 7 minute, 53 minute daylight gain
May 7th 14 hours, 31 minute daylight gain
June 5th 15 hours, 27 minute; 56 minute daylight gain
DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.
Gather at the park entrance.
All welcome. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If it’s really cold or wet it’s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.
This gathering is free and open to the public.
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