The Reflected Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs 5/7/20
The Reflected Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Thursday, May 7, 2020
The moon is also reflected in Coldwater reservoir, gently moving as if breathing. For years I’ve thought of the full moon as the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, and that he could only paint it one night a month. You can see that if you tilt your head slightly.
The Chinese see a rabbit in the moon where we are supposed to see “the man in” there. When rain approaches there is a rainbow around the moon caused by a thin, very high cloud layer. It’s called a lunar halo.
In daytime those rain forecasting clouds are called “mare’s tails,” wispy cloud lines running across the sky warning sailors to trim their sails for the coming storm.
The month of April includes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, and Arbor Day two days later.
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 8:27 pm (38 minutes later than the previous full moon)
Moonrise 8:59 pm (1 hour, 31 minutes later than last month’s full moon)
Exact minute of full moon 5:45 am, another Super Moon
- May 18, 2019 14 hours, 57 minutes daylight, 1 hour, 16 minute daylight gain
- June 17th 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
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.