Isolation Antidotes (49): Blue Moon of Minnesota

Seven years ago today we had a lovely evening at our cabin for the August full moon which, in addition, was also technically a “blue moon,” although the designation is open to some controversy. It is generally defined as either the second full moon in a calendar month or the third full moon in a season. Since this one fell on August 20, it would fit into the second category, but not the first. However it’s interpreted, it was still a beautiful moon. And during this period of unrest and insecurity, a full moon does help to instill hope.

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31 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (49): Blue Moon of Minnesota

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Far out! A gorgeous, glowing moon. LOVE!!

  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Great capture of the full moon! When I try to take a picture, it usually turns out to be too bright. Can you pass on your secret? I would really appreciate it.

  3. Vicki says:

    Great capture. It must be a lovely sight to see a moon that close up too.

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s part of the fun to make it look so close, which is rather a challenge since I don’t have a lens longer than 300 mm or a 2x or 3x converter (they usually don’t work well with zoom lenses anyway).

  4. Looks like once in a blue moon Kentucky moved to Minnesota.

  5. As a songwriter it may behoove you, rather than dehoove, to make a tune by this title to rival Mr. Monroe’s version.
    It’s nice to see your moon as we are in the new phase and there’s little if any (0.14%) visible crescent this morning.

    • krikitarts says:

      I was introduced to Bluegrass music by my roommate during my freshman year in college in Columbus, Ohio in 1964, and I’ve been a fan ever since. It is a very challenging and intriguing thought to come up with a moderated cover of the absolute classic by the Father of Bluegrass, and rest assured that the seed that you’ve planted has fallen onto fertile ground. I’ll have to spend some time renewing my banjo skills, however. So, as we say, stay tuned.

      • Or mandolin ala Mr. Monroe? I never did become very proficient with any instrument but always did like the mandolin. I’m a big fan of Sam Bush. I’ll look forward to what you create. I came to bluegrass only a few years ago although I heard it quite often, think Homer and Jethro…Flatt and Scruggs, as a child listening to the weekend program “Monitor” with my parents and grandparents in a cabin the the Adirondacks in the 50’s.

      • krikitarts says:

        With full advance advisory that we may have opened a Pandora’s box of possibly mutual passions, please consider the following:

      • My response, speaking of banjos and mandolins…

      • krikitarts says:

        Thank you. Most amazing. These guys are certainly from another (very friendly) planet. I’ve been blessed to have seen both of them live in Omaha: Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) opened for Paul Simon (but that’s another story) and Bela Fleck had his own show, with the original Flecktones, including Howard Levy, “the man with two brains” (one for harmonica and the other for piano). What incredible musicians and memories.

      • As impressed as I am with Bela Fleck’s jazz work, I prefer bluegrass and my favorite CD, possibly in all genres is “Drive”
        Playlist…

  6. shoreacres says:

    I was in Kentucky before I finished reading your title. it occurs to me that a revision might be possible: “blue moon of the lakes” scans perfectly, and pays tribute to that Land of Ten Thousand Lakes that you’re missing. A little more tweaking, and you’d have lyrics made for the tune.

    • krikitarts says:

      Actually, the official count is closer to fifteen thousand, and when you start looking at county maps, you can well believe it. I’m thinking I may work on my own new tune rather than cover the old.

      • shoreacres says:

        My goodness. Five thousand additional lakes is a lot. Did a change in definition account for the increase? or was ten thousand more a poetic description to start with?

      • krikitarts says:

        Probably more the latter, but then again, it all pretty much comes down to where you draw the line between a lake and a pond, of which there are many more, of course. Anyway, there are enough for a whole lifetime of exploring.

  7. Meanderer says:

    What a clear capture of the moon as it rolls across the sky guided by the trees. I usually feel a little ‘hyper’ rather than hopeful at the time of a full moon: howwwwlllll :-)

  8. A full moon does indeed help to instill hope. Beautifully done, Gary.

    • krikitarts says:

      I know it’s helped me, for as long as I can remember. I guess I share this luna tic with quite a few others who also enjoy similar sensations of well-being.

  9. Adrian Lewis says:

    Quite agree about the effect of a full Moon, and much beauty and calm too.

  10. Almost looks like you could reach right out and touch it 😊. Beautiful!

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