This lake in Washington County has held stories of lake monsters for as long as any Mainer in the area can remember. Some have even reported seeing the snake-like beings along with the trails they leave behind when the come to and leave the lake. While there are no photos of the creatures, locals estimate them to be anywhere from 30 - 60 feet long and could date back as far as 1873.
The Monster of Pocomoonshine
Photo: Xavier Speleers
It's crispness, it's anticipation, it's melancholia,
it's cool breezes replacing summer's heat.
It's long days in the field, a harvest festival when work's done,
a cheering crowd in a football stadium,
chrysanthemums punctuating a somber landscape.
It's Halloween high jinx, pumpkins grinning toothy smiles,
the crack of pecan pressed against pecan.
It's the first curls of wood-smoke,
fresh blisters from pushing a rake.
It's crisp and fresh and mellow and snug, solemn and melancholy. And it's very, very welcome."
“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...
there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart...
I'll always be with you.” ~ A.A. Milne
Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me...
spoke to me
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain—
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.~ Mary Oliver
To Me reading is dreaming wide awake...
“Tis the good reader that makes the good book;
in every book he finds passages which seem confidences
or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader;
the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine,
until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Knowledge exists in two forms - lifeless, stored in books,
and alive, in the consciousness of men.
The second form of existence is after all the essential one;
the first, indispensable as it may be,
occupies only an inferior position.” ~ Albert Einstein
Artist~Sonia Maria Luce Possentini bird on a wire
♪“Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to
Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.♪♫
♥♪♫Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship
My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
To be wanderin'
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way
I promise to go under it.” ♪♫
― Bob Dylan
“The psyches and souls of women
also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude,
running and staying, being involved and being removed,
Questing and resting, creating and incubating,
being of the world and
returning to the soul-place.” ~Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Artist~Kinuko Y Craft 'psyche weeping'
closest to the fall equinox.
It rises at 6:34 p.m. and will appear prosperously in the night sky until it sets at 7:01 a.m. (The moon officially reaches full phase at 7:13 a.m. Thursday morning, moments after it has set).
The harvest moon gets it name from, no surprise, its tie to early agriculture.
While gazing at the harvest moon, take a moment to look towards the southwest sky. You’ll see Venus, the second brightest object. Saturn will also be in view, but probably not with the naked eye. If you use binoculars or, better, a telescope, you’re likely to spot it – less than four degrees away from Venus.
“Although Saturn shines as brilliantly as a first-magnitude star, Venus outshines Saturn by about 80 times,” Earth Sky says. “If you can’t see Saturn on these September evenings, try aiming binoculars at Venus to spot Saturn nearby. Venus and Saturn will occupy the same binocular field of view from about September 15 to September 21.”
“In the days before tractor lights, the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours,” EarthSky explains. “As the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night.”
The harvest moon is no different from any other full moon in terms of its size, brightness, and color.
“Sleeping in the Forest
I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.” ~Mary Oliver
Artist~Cherise M Robinson, "She Sleeps"