Tag Archives: Northern Hemisphere

May Poem Mirrors Spring Season with Southern Cross Stars

May is here
spring for sure
in northern hemisphere
winter sheds last tear
as summer knocks on door.

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey. I hope you didn’t mind my poetic introduction. Spring is in the air, and it’s time for wolfwords to leave the lair.

Poetry Reflections

I’m delighted to report that we’ve imported Marc Latham’s newest Folding Mirror poem into the Greenygrey world to accompany reflection 10 from 242 Mirrror Poems and Reflections.

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Here’s the reflection followed by the new poem from fmpoetry.wordpress.com. There’s more information on that site, as well as a couple of different images.

Reflection 10

In the void between life and death
that’s where I like to be.
Flying in space beyond sight
of reality and mortality.
But the flight is finite,
and the return can be rocky.

..       Spending the Spring night in the Foot...

Height of Spring, Stars order Heart

May
spring finale
after the April March
of vulgar life
colourful language
screaming buds
making a scene
open armed
waving skywards
in the northern hemisphere

do the dandelions dance, like leopards in love

in the southern semi-circle
where stars
cross lines
creating a shape
sun’s relative
universal code
changes over time
above Delta Acrux Mimosa
red giant
Gacrux

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January Night Sky and Moon Phases

Happy New Year. It’s Stephen Wolfing with some Sky news. Bright sky in Britain today offers the opportunity to view Venus under a thin crescent moon soon after sunset. Here’s what the One Minute Astronomer website reported:

January Night Sky

2-3 Jan.  A thin crescent Moon shares the southwestern sky with Venus after sunset.  The planet is on its way to inferior conjunction on the 11th, lying roughly between the Earth and the Sun, so it appears in a telescope as a slender crescent more than 60″ across, larger than Jupiter.

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The slender crescent Moon and Venus, along with the stars Altair and Vega, as seen looking west about 30 minutes after sunset on Jan 2, 2014.

If there’s a bright sky on January 24th you will be able to see a crescent moon waning, as well as Mars, Saturn and Venus.

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Mars, the waning crescent Moon, Saturn, Venus, and the bright stars Spica and Antares as seen looking SSE on Jan. 24, 2014.

Moon Phases Explained

Wikipedia features clear explanations of the lunar phases. The waxing and waning times are seen oppositely in the Southern hemisphere, so when the northern is seeing the right of the moon, the southern is seeing the left.

Phase Northern Hemisphere Visibility Mid-phasestandard time
New moon Not visible (too close to the Sun)Later to be followed by theMoon’s first visible crescent (too close to Sun) (too close to Sun)
Waxing (young)’crescent moon’ Right side, 1–49% lit disc late afternoon andpost-dusk 3 pm
First quarter ‘moon’ Right side, 50%-lit disc afternoon andearly evening 6 pm
Waxing ‘gibbousmoon’ Right side, 51–99% lit disc late afternoon andmost of night 9 pm
Full moon Completely illuminated disc Sunset to sunrise(all night) sunset to sunrise(all night)
Waning ‘gibbous moon’ Left side, 51–99% lit disc most of night and early morning 3 am
Last (third) quarter moon Left side, 50%-lit disc late night and morning 6 am
Waning (old)crescent moon Left side, 49-1% lit disc. Diminishing to the Moon’s last visible crescent pre-dawn and morning 9 am
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Summer Solstice Poem Celebrating Natural Life

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Marc isn’t a practising pagan; he’s a perfect one (only joking).

So he wasn’t too bothered about celebrating the summer solstice, and especially as greenygrey weather dominated, but then he heard birdsong this morning, and that gave him the idea for this poem. Here it is:

Summer solstice at Stone Henge
Summer solstice at Stone Henge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Summer Solstice, Natural Celebration

I didn’t witness
sun setting
at its latest
time
of what we now know
as a year
from
standing stones
transported
over land and water
in a different world
to what we know now

sensing ancestor spirit, experiencing living reality

but I did hear singing
of a special kind
from tree and sky
flying
through thermals
up
in the air
dawning in what we call
morning
light of earliest
bird awakening
preceding prehistoric humanity

Korimako (Bell Bird) singing
Korimako (Bell Bird) singing (Photo credit: theirishkiwi)

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Winter Solstice Poem

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Winter Solstice 2012 in the northern hemisphere, and the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere. Lighter days and summer and are now heading northwards, while darker days and winter are  on their way south; to meet half way at the spring/autumn equinox in March. Hope you have a great Solstice, Christmas and whatever you celebrate; and holiday season.
The poem mirrors line for line (outer and outer etc) in the two halves more than the lines rhyming. Here it is:
Revolving earth at winter solstice on the nort...
Revolving earth at winter solstice on the northern hemisphere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mid-Winter Rainbow’s Pot of Gold
dye me grey
December day
winter waves
winds chill down
feather home
heating insulation
pigeons roost
solstice boost
ascended shortest day, midwinter peak fall
skiing ravine
eagles flight
sunshine returns
fleeting promise
wardrobe coat den
spring beckons
January joy
grate my desire
Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays (Photo credit: pollyalida)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Winter Solstice Countdown Notches Up Super Sunrise

Hi, it’s Michael Wolf, wonderful weatherperson at the Greenygrey. We’re blogging live from a super sunrise within an hour of our beloved bulk-book-buying 9-5 workers start work, and hoping to have the blog posted in time for the 9am start, when workers need to settle in and warm up with a little web browsing… at the Greenygrey. The Greenygrey is with you at the start of December 2012’s first working week morning…

Winter Solstice Brightens British Morning

Yes, we recently blogged that it was approaching that time of year when the winter sunrise lines up with the Northern Hemisphere’s normal work-day rush hour… and yes, that’s it, the sun has just risen at about 8.20, no doubt brightening the morning for all those Monday morning crotchety commuters.

It’s less than three weeks now to the Winter Solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day, and the sunrise reaches its closest passing to the 9am work-day start.

Due to there not being an artistic werewolf in the office at this early hour; where are Andy Wolfhol and Baron Wolfman when you need them; we don’t have any images from today’s super sunrise, but here’s some we made before, Blue Peter-style:

P.S. Great news for the 9-5 workers who’ve now reached work. A band of cloud has just eaten up the sky and it is pouring with rain… although the sun is still is shining on the horizon. Who said weather was boring..!

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Solstice Poem Chasing the Last Light of Day

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In the last poem before a mid-summer break, Marc Latham celebrates the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and the long days we enjoy at this time of year.
There is still some light in the north-east sky until about 11pm at the moment where Marc lives (Leeds), and when he sees this he usually thinks how nice it would be to follow it until shaking night off, if it meant the day never ended, and you didn’t get tired.
Here’s the poem, and enjoy the solstice wherever you are:
Following the Last Light
Midnight Sun
all day fun
following last light
to escape night
north in June
flowers bloom
neverending colour
far from the equator
even night and day all year
winter is summer below
better follow
route Africa
then South America
December brings thaw
down world floor
no more night
ice sight