June 14, 2008

Red Moon Rising

Dangerous fires are burning close to home. Just west of me, the Santa Cruz mountains which separate San Jose from the Pacific coast have in less than a month two of the worst forest fires that have happened there in over a hundred years. Bonny Doon, a lovely region above Davenport on the coast known for some wonderful vineyards and wineries, is going up in flames. And less than a hundred miles to the east rage the fires near Chico where the residents of Paradise, California fled their homes in front of the flames.

Both of these fires are still raging and the Bay area skies are witness to them. Before I left work tonight, the clear sky turned to a sickly greenish smokey grey and when the sun went down, the moon took on the reddish tinge of Mars.

Here's the moon tonight from my home in Los Gatos.


What I find strange is that while I can see the debris of the fire, I can't smell the smoke, which tells me the ash that colors the moon is very high in the atmosphere.

Posted by Mary at June 14, 2008 12:30 AM | Miscellaneous | Technorati links |

i live in san ramon which is in the east bay and the moon is hella red too. just like mars.

Posted by: matt alvarez at June 14, 2008 12:57 AM

Scary image, that red moon---looks fully eclipsed. I fear California hasn't seen the end of fires as it gets drier. I worry for you all.

Posted by: Labrys at June 14, 2008 09:40 AM

It just seems crazy in some cosmic sense that some parts of the country can be so desperately short of water and others, like mine and the Midwest, are inundated with it at the same time.

Hope things are OK for you and your neighbors, Mary.

Posted by: Cujo359 at June 15, 2008 01:41 PM

Thanks, Cujo359 -- we certainly are seeing the effects of too much rain in some places and not enough in others. Thankfully, the moon is back to its normal white face the past few nights.

BTW: your post on Mars soil was great.

Posted by: Mary at June 16, 2008 12:46 AM