Week 26: At a Distance

The new winter crescent moon appeared Jan. 20, and I noticed it on Jan. 21 driving home and stopped to shoot the moon! Not great photography, but it documents this winter crescent, which my mother called a Wet Moon because it looks like it could hold in water, as opposed to when the crescent is higher up in summer and water would spill out. Here are some moon facts from Space.com: Earth’s moon is the brightest object in our night sky and the closest celestial body. Its presence and proximity play a huge role in making life possible here on Earth. The moon’s gravitational pull stabilizes Earth’s wobble on its axis, leading to a stable climate. The moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical. At perigee — its closest approach — the moon comes as close as 225,623 miles. At apogee — the farthest away it gets — the moon is 252,088 miles from Earth. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles. However, the moon is moving away from Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches per year.
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Week 25: Graveyard

The cemetery at Carmel Mission at Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., is in memory of the Christian Indians and Spaniards who were interred there between 1771 and 1833. It is a tiny cemetery within the walls of the mission, and the old graves are marked with wooden crosses adorned with conch shells. The graves are topped with more shells. A quick Google search told me Indians put shells on their graves of their people to help keep the spirits down in the grave. It must work. I didn’t notice any spirits floating around the mission.
Carmel Mission Cemetery

Week 24: It Happens Over Time

The perfectly formed candles that light this iron candelabra, over time, become mere puddles of melted wax in the 1771 Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission or Mission Carmel in Carmel by the Sea, Calif. It is a National Historic Landmark as designated by the National Park Service, and a special treat as we toured around the Monterey Peninsula last fall with my high school classmates.
Carmel Mission Candles Over Time