Thursday, July 30, 2020

Finding Moonbows

Hello Poets,

Thank you, Catherine, for hosting this week's round-up at Reading to the Core https://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/.

Catherine inspires me to blend science and poetry. Today, I saw some photos that took my breath away. I had never heard of a moonbow. It seemed like a beautiful but made-up term. However, moonbows are real! I knew I had to learn about them...which led me to look for poetry in my learning.

Enjoy some found haiku with these incredible photos from lake Ontario in New York State. Words found at https://sciencemadefun.net/blog/the-science-of-moonbows/

the sky must be dark
raining opposite the moon
a lunar rainbow

Davis, Jerome. “Photography by Davis.”


fainter than rainbows
the smaller amount of light
a moonbow is rare

Davis, Jerome. “Photography by Davis.”


   to discern colors
   layers of mist in the air
   seeing a moonbow

Davis, Jerome. “Photography by Davis.”

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the new information, Linda. Your three versions of this phenomenon are wonderful. Word play fun!

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  2. 'Moonbows' are a new phenomenon for me as well, Linda. Your haiku capture their elusive beauty. :)

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  3. Those ethereal "layers of mist" are stunning! I love how your haiku enlighten us about these magical sights. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Linda, the photos ARE breathtaking ... haiku is a perfect vehicle for transmitting this wonder in words. I hadn't heard of moonbows, either - how magical and mysterious - now I so want to see one myself. Not to mention the symbolism of such a phenomenon in the dark ... pulling at something deep in the spirit.

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  5. Fascinating, Linda! I've never heard of this and I totally enjoyed the pictures and your haiku. I'll have to tell my sons and husband about this interesting phenomenon!

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  6. Moonbow! Lots of metaphors leap into my mind... This is new to me, and appreciate both the pics and your haiku. Thank you!

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  7. "Layers of mist" sound very cool. Thanks for introducing us to moonbows!

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  8. What a wonderful phenomenon to explore through images and poetry! I love how you've connected beauty and science in these haiku.

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  9. I never heard of moonbows, either. Thanks for sharing about them. I love the images and the haiku. And I love the combo of art and science. I hope I get to see a moonbow someday.

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  10. I love the way you looked at the topics several different ways, Linda!

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  11. That's fascinating! I'm so glad you shared the photos and your haiku. I love poems that also teach me and I love knowing that moonbows exist.

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