One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

It only lasted a few moments (and not long enough for me to grab my camera), but we saw our first snow this morning. I did manage to get closer to the ducks than usual, as they were all clustered together in the cove out in front of the house.

These red berries are growing in a bush along the shore of the pond. I’ll have to remember they’re here when its time to decorate the window boxes and wreathes.

Tonight’s full moon meant higher tides than usual, as seen here in the flooded Boat Creek marsh.

Here’s the full tide approaching the road at the Rock Harbor corner.

Tonight’s moon is called the Full Cold Moon, or the Full Long Nights Moon by the Native Americans. In both cases it’s obvious why. Also, tonight’s moon is its northernmost declination…meaning this is the furthest north over the Northern Hemisphere the satellite’s orbit travels.

What’s this mean for us? The shadows will be shortest around midnight tonight. It’s not something we’ll see again for another 19 years…which is longer than you think…so get out there and walk in your winter wonderland!


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  1. I came upon your blog via New Zealand…and I’m in North Carolina. Isn’t that crazy? Anyway I’m happy that I did. I enjoy your posts very much…loved the picture of the moon in this blog. I have a sister & husband who live 6 mo’s of the year in Brewster and his avocation is gardening…so I have alerted him to click on to yours. Keep up the good work.

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