July 17, 2018 by petrujviljoen
enough light to afford
the mountain a silver lining
– midnight moon
| Tags: haiku, micro poetry, midnight, moon, mountain
I was talking to someone the other day about rainbows. And there are actually places on the planet that have what is called a Moonbow.
Moonbows or lunar rainbows are rare natural atmospheric phenomena that occur when the Moon’s light is reflected and refracted off water droplets in the air. Faint moonbow seen over Yosemite Falls. ©iStockphoto.com/Yenwen Lu. Moonbows are similar to rainbows, but they are created by moonlight instead of direct sunlight.
In the United States such bows may be seen in relation to various waterfalls including Yosemite National Park, California and Cumberland Falls, near Corbin, Kentucky. Victoria Falls, in Africa on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and Plitvice Lakes in Croatia is also widely known for spray moonbows.
Very very interesting! I have seen a ‘rainbow’ right around the moon in misty or cloudy conditions but nothing of what you mention. I’m close to a waterfall, two in fact but they’re not very spectacular so I doubt I’d ever see one there.
Wait for a full moon…
The halo around the moon is something else.
The ring around the Moon is caused by the refraction of Moonlight (which of course is reflected sunlight) from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring.
There are old wives tales that indicate a halo around the moon means rain is on the way.
I think we have a full moon coming quite soon. I’ll have a look out for sure. Maybe I’ll go camp by the waterfall that’s off the tourist route. It will be amazing!
Ck your email… I sent you a note.
Clever use of the word afford and a beautiful image as well.
Thank you No Saint!
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