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Saturday, March 19, 2011
That moon is Super!
Anyone who is into Omens is probably having a field day right about now, especially if they work for CNN. It's an unquiet Earth, this blue orb where we live.
Tonight is going to bring along yet another omen -- a full moon which appears to be much larger than normal. Much larger. What can this mean!?? Run!!! Toss some virgins into the nearest volcano... Gather together in loud lamentation! Repent! (well, the repent bit is usually always a good bet, but still...)
Settle down. Enjoy. It's the March full moon. And yes, it's HUGE. That's because the Moon, our planet's faithful companion, is at its closest approach to the Earth in two decades. It's what Science calls Perigee -- as opposed to Apogee when it's at its furthest reach. Yes, this may well bring with it stronger tides, as it has every time it has come that close, but that is a normal part of the Moon's orbiting pattern. Been there, done that. The Moon swings around Earth in an elliptical orbit, meaning that it is not always the same distance from the Earth. The closest the Moon ever gets to Earth is 364,000km, and the furthest is ever gets is around 406,000km. This Full Moon on March 19, 2011 will see a slightly closer approach of 357,000km).
Twenty years is a good long time, though, and there will be plenty of people who have never had the chance to witness this. Particularly if the last one happened on a cloudy night... which would push back the timeline considerably.
And yes, it looks bigger -- a full moon at perigee will appear 10% larger than a full moon at apogee...
Here's the fun bit -- while it will indeed appear much bigger than normal, it really isn't. It's all an illusion, a trick of the eye. Nobody changed the actual size of the Moon!
Ebbinghaus Illusion: both orange dots are the same size!
The full moon always looks larger on the horizon than it does in the sky. It's called the Moon Illusion. When the Moon is low on the horizon there are lots of objects (hills, houses, trees etc) against which you can compare its size. When it’s high in the sky it’s there in isolation. This createssomething akin to the Ebbinghaus Illusion, where identically sized objects appear to be different sizes when placed in different surroundings.
This is a welcome Full Moon -- in older times, people gave names to all the full moons. In March, as temperatures began to warm and the earth to thaw, earthworm casts appeared. This heralded spring, the return of robins, the approach of the planting season and the end of winter's lean menu. It was dubbed The Worm Moon.
Here in the northern regions, tribes knew this as the Crow Moon -- because the cawing of the crows signalled winter's end. If you've been outside lately, you've probably heard them! Some tribes called it Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.
The Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
But tonight, March 19, it's simply the Super Moon -- a marvellous little chance to interact with science, learn cool new phrases like the Ebbinghaus Illusion, and say a little "Welcome Back" to spring.
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We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
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Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
And Click Here for just one more...