365 Nature Walks: Day 103

#Earthschooling365: Day One Hundred and Three

Inner Work Meditation (Heart): I have been working on this 365 day project for three years and although I had some photos I liked from today’s walk my favorite June 11 photos may always be these full moon photos I took last year. What struck me about these photos when I looked at them is that the sky is so dark in the photos and yet when I took the photos it was not that dark. However the brightness of the moon made the sky appear dark in the photos because the camera exposed for the bright moon. Do you ever find yourself doing that in your life? We often look at the brightest person, thing, event or situation and compare our own lives to something that glows bright with fame, riches or glory. In comparison our own lives may appear dark. But are they really that dark? Today’s inner work meditation is to take ten minutes to think about the effect of the moons in your life.

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Nature Walk Idea (Head): Did you know that the moon rises and sets just like the sun? We are often very aware of the sun’s movement because we see it each day as we take walks, look out the window, arise to the sun’s bright glare on our window or try to escape the heat of the afternoon sun. Did you also know that the moon is sometimes visible during the day? Take some time during your walk today to see if you can spot the moon. If you can note where it is in the sky when you start your walk and when you finish your walk. Has it moved very much? If you don’t see it today keep looking until you see it all this week (or month). If you want to make sure you see it you can take your walk right at sunrise or sunset time.

Photography Notes (Hands): The photos I am sharing today are from a walk I took last year on June 11th that featured a full moon. One might think I was very lucky to come upon the moon looking so beautiful during my evening walk. However, the experience was actually planned. I had heard that the moon was going to be especially large and beautiful that evening so I purposely planned my walk for an hour before sunset so I could take photos of the moon. Your assignment today is to do your own research on the moon where you live. When is the full moon this month? Where will it rise and set on the horizon? Plan to take some photos of the moon using the information you have gathered. The best time for these photos is when the moon is lower in the sky (sunset and just before sunrise). Although the photos I took appear as if the sky was dark it was actually blue and it was still light out. The moon’s brightness made the sky appear darker in all the photos. These photos were all taken with an 80-300 zoom lens.

Verse: Two
Copyright Kristie Burns

Two is the dance
Of the sun and the moon
As the world spins around
To a heavenly tune

Two is the halves
As earth travels an arc
One half is light
While the other is dark

Two is the contrast
Between shore and sea
One’s wet and deep
One’s wild and free

Two are my legs
I use to run across land
To climb up mountains
And sink in the sand

Two are my arms
That swim in the surf
Or fly down a hill
On uneven turf

Two are my eyes
That see sun and moon
As I spin around
To a terrestrial tune

*These poems have been created for many purposes – from early childhood circle time verses to inspirational or expressive. They vary from day to day so you may find the way you use them or enjoy them also varies. If you would like to set these poems to music consider our tutorial: Creating Your Ow Waldorf Verses or Finding Your Inner Voice.

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