Dec 02 2009
The sky was clear, the full moon bright. Last night my backyard was flooded with light as bright as day.
The trees and even the twigs cast shadows. If I was a mouse there would be no hiding from an owl in that silvery light.
Above the Arctic Circle the sun set on September 21 inaugurating six months of perpetual darkness – or so I thought until the moon reminded me that once a month everything is revealed.
I imagine last night on Banks Island. The sea ice glints in the moonlight. An arctic fox crouches to pounce on a lemming. A raven scans the ice for seal guts, remains of a polar bear’s meal. Night is turned to day.
The Snow Moon will wane. In two weeks time only stars will illuminate the scene. The night will be dim until the next full moon – a Blue Moon – on December 31.