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  •  Probably because full moons give you a glimpse of (4+ / 0-)

    a world that is usually shrouded in darkness.

    In areas without a lot of light pollution, it can be truly magical.  

    •  and that'll work. . . (4+ / 0-)

      as in, "Mr. Moon. . .you light up my life!" Well, you know. Bortles Dark Sky places, like Natural Bridges and Death Valley, are magical given the intensity of the cosmos over such places. I remember when I was living in Prescott (Arizona), before moving, first, to Blue Diamond (Nevada), then to Tucson, and god knows everywhere else since. . .how wonderful Prescott's night show was. It sits at about a mile-high in the atmosphere, and of course the closest and largest city is Phoenix; it's also in the mountain country, and somewhat dry. So, that's one of the reasons why night-sky observation, especially for DSO's, was always epic. Haven't seen anything like it since I took a couple of astronomy courses, at Kitt Peak.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:19:59 AM PDT

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      •  Prescott...somewhat dry....LOL. (3+ / 0-)

        Sounds like you've spent a bit of time enjoying the wonders of the southwest. When I lived in Louisiana I remember talking with someone who'd driven through the southwest and this person said, "There's nothing to see there." Au contraire, you can see EVERYTHING there.

        The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.

        by Hanging Up My Tusks on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:19:44 PM PDT

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        •  nothing to see in the Southwest. . . (2+ / 0-)
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          that's anything like the rest of the country. I think that person should've added that much. Do you think? Well, it's not bayou country, that's for sure and damn certain. HA!

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:21:55 PM PDT

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          •  A couple of weeks prior to this conversation, my (4+ / 0-)

            partner and I had taken a trip to the northwestern corner of Arkansas and had been driving in the Beaver Lake area (gorgeous country) where you literally couldn't see the forest for the trees. Big contrast with the southwest where there are precious few forests to see. That said, beauty to behold in every corner of our globe if your eyes and mind are open to appreciation.

            The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.

            by Hanging Up My Tusks on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:47:47 PM PDT

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