Thursday, March 5, 2015

Of Worm Moon, Nature's trickery and return of the robins


"There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery." 
~Joseph Conrad


Last night I was hypnotized by the beauty of the midnight. The moon was nowhere to be found, hidden behind the clouds but the night was as bright as if it was out in its full glory. The snow which developed a thin layer of ice thanks to the freezing rain, glistened in the light and appeared as if earth was encased in a white sparkling protective shell. It was quite beautiful actually.

As magical as it seemed, it was actually a little ironic at the same time. Today we are welcoming a third full moon of the year, a Worm Moon to be exact and the thick mounds of snow and ice are not exactly expected at its arrival.

The Full Worm Moon was given its name by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.  At the time of this full moon, the ground supposed to begin to soften and earthworm casts should reappear inviting the return of the robins.  In some areas, this moon is also called the Sap Moon because this is the time when the maple sap starts flowing and annual maple tree tapping begins.

All I can say is... Really?  

Maybe this full moon came a little too early in the month. From the looks of it our ground is as hard as the ice that covers it and I'm not exactly sure when it will begin softening again. There are mounds of snow still everywhere and today we are having a balmy -15C morning with -22C windchill.  Next week we are supposed to warm up to slightly above freezing, but all this snow and ice is going to take some time to melt.

I remember last year when robins came back. Everything was still under piles of snow and the poor birds kept flying from one end of the yard to another looking for food but there was none to be had.  Nature is resilient and they've survived but it was still heartbreaking to watch.  

I really hope this won't happen to them this year, but if it does and it looks like it might, I'll be ready with some seeds and berries to help ease the pain.  

And to end this post on a positive note, the return of the robins always fills my heart with joy and warmth.  When the birds are back, you just know in your heart that the spring is around the corner, even if it takes a little longer than usual.  Hopefully soon I'll be filling these pages with photographs of returning birds and spring blossoms. 

Cheers!


2 comments:

  1. Oh Kamyria....I have never heard the fascinating story of Worm Moon. Right now, I think it could be called "Frozen" Worm Moon. ha! Mounds of snow here, too, and still downright c-c-c-c-cold.

    Thanks so much for your visits. They always make me happy on these dark and dreary long winter days. Susan

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    1. You're very welcome Susan, I really enjoy your blog :)

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