Watch colors in cold
Nineteen in my underwear
Package is frozen
Pre-Beaver Moon Rising. I was in a parking lot. There is going to be a 500-year eclipse tonight way past my bedtime.
Hey! Beaver! Yoo-hoo! There’s going to be a Beaver Moon tomorrow night, eleven nineteen twenty-one. And a Beaver eclipse in the wee hours this morning. It’s going to be a hoot!
Oh! Really? A Beaver Moon you say? Is that like when Benny Beaver lifts his tail and shows use his beaver behind? I don’t want to be eclipsed. My hair is too short already. Nineteen? It was cold this morning.
No! You dimwit. The MOON! You know that big shiny thing in the sky? Eclipse is when the moon gets dim, like you. It has nothing to do with clippers! It was cold this morning.
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Now that was a hoot and a half! Thanks for the reminder!
Hopefully my skies will be clearer than they have been for the past 24 hours…
Great pics to go with your excellent exchange between the beasties!
Thanks, Dale. I’m trying to decide if I want to get up the moon when it’s eclipsed. I’m not going to do a full series of the eclipse in freezing temperatures.
I just checked and here it will be between 2:18 and 5:47… and the temps expected between those times will be 34… no big whup! 😉 Hmmm… If I happen to wake up and remember… I still probably couldn’t catch much since I don’t have a Bazooka!
It starts here at 11:02 pm, its maximum is at 2:02 am, it ends at 5:03 am. That’s 6 hours and 2 minutes. No way am I going outside and back in for 6 hours to photograph the sequence. It’s 19:56 right now and 29ºF outside.
To think it’s warmer here! And, like I said, unless I wake up, it ain’t happening here, either.
Oh, and you inspired me to go out there and see if I could actually see the moon… the clouds were zipping by so I filmed that 😉 Put it on IG. Then went to get my camera and hmm… considering…
Now that is well worth stepping outside for.
I thought it kinda cool…
I stepped out to se were the moon is. It’s cold.
The photos are beautiful, and it was good to see the owl and beaver again.
My pleasure Timothy. Take care.
It’s cold here. You would would be freezing.
I am sure I would. Stay warm.
We’ve had six cat nights lately.
Sending purrs and treats to all of them.
Humor and gorgeous nature shots. Can’t beat that! The moon took my breath away when leaving dance class tonight. So beautiful! I posted to my IG page (also on my main blog page). Never leave home without your camera, my photo teacher said! He was right.
We need as much humor as we can get. There are too many glum and seriously dangerous people and ideas in the world these days. I stopped by to buy birthday presents on the way home, came out of the store and Viola! There’s a big yellow moon coming up over the mountains. I used my iPhone that worked pretty well.
Of course I agree! You used your iPhone quite well!
Are you going to get up/stay up and look at/photograph the eclipse?
No. I am going to bed soon. Busy day tomorrow. You?
LOL Beautiful shots.
Fabulous photos, as always, Timothy. The full beaver moon rolling down the hill is just superb. It’s 4 am here in Wales and the moon is full, very bright and high in the sky. I’d need a better camera to capture it properly.
Thanks, Lizzy. What time does it get light? The eclipse will start around 6 am your time and should peak about 9 am. You should be able to some of it.
The sun rises about 7 am now. I didn’t know there is an eclipse until I read your post. I’ll look out for it now. Thank you.
Wonderful shots. Loved the conversation! Cute and hilarious narration.
Thanks, Samruddhi. I’m happy you liked it.
Ha, I was wondering if you were going to get some shots of tonights, technically tomorrow’s eclipse. Have my alarm set for 3am – will see what kind of magnetic pull my pillow has at that hour. In my younger days I’d just stay up. Like your full moon shot.
Thanks, Brian. I’m up a shooting. It’s 20ºF out there.
Hahahaha. That poem is epic, storyline a joy, pics gorgeous, and, for the record, I live just down the street from Benny the Beaver in the event an introduction is ever needed. Haha. Great post, Tim.
Thanks, Jeff. Old Benny Beaver lives across the ditch from us. I’ve had many tail slaps from him. I’m happy you liked the poem.
You’re most welcome, Tim. Haha. Then we’ve got two similar beavers hosting us, and one University mascot. Haha. I liked it much.
You might enjoy the parody the Angry Beavers and Average White Boys did a few year back: https://youtu.be/YAWjvOP-gdE
So amazing, each of these images!
That moon is beautiful. What a capture.
Thanks, Shey. I’m photographing the eclipse. It’s 2:20 am and 20ºF outside.
That ain’t warm !
Seems like the beaver is in fine form!
He is. Thanks, Couriers.
Ah, that’s a gorgeous pre-Beaver Moon rising, after a gorgeous sundown! Beaver dear, don’t worry, ain’t nobody eclipsing you!!! 500 sounds grande but even the Moon won’t give us a break here (not visible) 😒 🤣! So, woot woot, can’t wait for your eclipse shots!
Thanks Marina. We get 500 year floods out here, but I didn’t know there was a 500 year eclipse. I got it in 15 minute intervals from 1:15 to 3:30 this morning.
Wow… I can’t wait to see!!!!! Something tells me you’re in for an early night tonight after staying up so late for mr.Moon!
I’ll go to bed at the same time as usual. I’m working on an eclipse collage.
Is the beaver upset over his name being used for a moon?
No. He’s just too busy gnawing on a willow to be bothering with moons no matter where they come from. Thanks, Teri.
I missed the full moon! Thanks for reminding me, Timothy. Not so cold here, or beavers.
Ha! You slay me, Tim. It was past my bedtime too. I figured that if insomnia struck again, then I’d get up and look at the eclipse. For a wonder, I slept. That’s nearly as rare as the eclipse, so I’ll take it and not complain. Gorgeous photos, as always. Hugs on the wing.
Incredible photos, Tim! Maybe you could invest in a robe for those early morning photo shoots?😁
Nah! It helps wake me up standing in freesing temperatures. Thanks, Tiffany.
The haiku is hilarious and I love the moon and owl pics. The facial expression on that owl is priceless
I’m happy you found the humor in the poem. Most people don’t mention it. I guess I mention unmentionables. Dear me. I really appreciate you comments. The owl was from the summer. It had just hacked up a pellet and was peeved I photographed the upchuck. Thanks, JYP.
I’ll admit it took me a few reads before it clicked and I got it. At first I was like, why are there 19 colors in the narrator’s underwear. My brain was moving very slowly this morning. But then I got it and I think it’s fantastic.
When people ask who’s JYP? I say “A brilliant women!”
Now I can make it too obvious because I’m limited by 17 syllables. But then again, what’s the point of poetry if it doesn’t make you think and have multiple interpretations?
If you were looking to revise for clarity, the only line that really needs revision is the first one, as “colors presented” is so vague. If you managed to change this to something referencing the sky/outdoors (and yes, I know this is challenging to do in 5 syllables) the reader would get the humor of your haiku much quicker. You wouldn’t need to change the other two lines (and you shouldn’t – they’re excellent)
Very good point. How about “Watching colors cold” for the first line?
I think for me, color works better as an adjective vs. as a noun here. Like “bold colored morning” or “bold color’d morning” (as there seems to be some debate about the number of syllables in “colored”) better sets the scene for the next two lines vs. using colors as a noun for me.
so watched, colored and similar words are weird in when it comes to counting syllables. I think they count as monosyllabic by the way we pronounce them in English .
Yeah, it’s confusing. I don’t write a lot of haiku or anything with really specific syllable count.
I don’t write haiku, either. I simply use the form.
I started doing poems in the form of haiku when Tristan’s annoying ex-mother-in-law was condescendingly trying to explain it to us when we well knew what it was. She was trying to explain how difficult haiku is, which I agreed with because Japanese is monosyllabic and so different from English. But I find the structure easy to work in, so I wrote several just to bother her. I’m a mean one like Mr. Grinch.
Ha! As dealings with annoying in-laws go, this is both tame and hilarious
You have to be creative at times.
Now this was a HOOT!
Not that is something to Yoo-hoo and give a hoot about Timothy!
What a gorgeous moon!!! 💖💖👏👏👏
There will be more moonshots tonight. Thanks, Cindy.
OH great it will make up for me not seeing it here. no need to set the clock now. 💖🙏
Love your sense of humor, Tim. Fantastic images ….. that moon is a huge wow! Yes the eclipse was way too late for me as well. I’d rather sleep thank you. Very cool post!!
Thanks, Amy Rose. Happy like my twisted humor. Well. The moon was calling at 12:45 am. I went out in 20ºF temp and got the first shot of the eclipse underway. The cold woke me up, so I stayed up and took a shot every 15 minutes until 3:30 then went back to bed. You will want to see tonight’s post.
I won’t miss it. Man, you are dedicated. No way, not me. I slept through the entire night. I don’t know how you do it, Tim.
The kitties were so excited I was up in the wee hours of the morning. I got sleep before and after, so I’m doing well.
I can just imagine your kitties’ responses. LOL
Beautiful sunset picture, it is just so beautifully calm.
Egads! The opening shot is stunning!
Whose tree is all dressed in silver. Mine???
Honestly, with all the angles and nature’s effects, I get confused.
Anyway, the silver tree looks useful for a story!
That is your tree. I’ll send it to you.
OH! I picked a really outstanding tree!
As I work on the next adventure (all drawings are done) I realize I need a pic of the Tangle-Heart…daytime or sunrise or sunset… colours in the field or sky. Colour is returned to the real world!