Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 1, 2015

Blue Moon

Fading light, a dusk crossing of Commondale Moor, shortly before nigh and the rising of the full moon, a blue moon. This one is at perigee, so will appear brighter than normal.

First, a farewell from the creatures of Commondale that wander freely in the village.

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The war memorial speaks of the carnage of 100 years ago.

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Then out of the village, and onto the Moor proper, a wilderness interspersed with the works of man.

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Sheep wander freely across the Moor.

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These are tough breeds, and are farmed for wool and meat. They stare at those who dare to encroach on their space.

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In the Moor stands another reminder of the Great War.

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This is a memorial to two brave young shepherds from Commondale,

Grenadier guards

Across the Moor lies an undisturbed farm (North Ings).

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from there a lone rider exercises their horse in the expanse.

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Heather is beginning to flower again.

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as are the thistles.

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They glint in the low setting sunlight, as do the rocks that strew the moors.

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Red Grouse erupt from the heather from time to time.

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Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

And a solitary Meadow Pipit chides our presence.

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Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

The dusk produces great views of the distant hills, and Captain Cook’s monument.

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Improbably, the crest of Roseberry Topping appears like a shark’s fin above the horizon of Gisborough Moor.

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The sunset begins.

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And before long the moon rises.

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The next day, the full moon appears through the cloud.

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The passing of a day reveals a slight change in the moon’s shape and position, which occurs through its cycle.

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Welcome, blue moon.


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