Harvest Moon 2016

The full moon was out tonight, known as the Harvest Moon in September. I caught some pictures of it with the camera of my Sony Handycam. There was also a lunar eclipse but it was only seen in Africa, Asia, and Australia. The moon looks basically the same as any other full moon but just in a slightly different location in the sky.

Click on the pictures for a better look.

Weekly Photo: Off-Season

Other than the four traditional seasons known to the world, there is a fifth one practiced by hard-blooded Americans and anyone else who craves the sound of helmets clashing and the thrill of being involved with the hoopla of sportscasters and media going back and forth all day in discussing the pigskin game. This season is known, unofficially, as Can’t Wait For Football To Return, pointing toward people’s growing hunger to see another game of televised football for the first time since the Super Bowl in early February, going to any lengths to get some taste of the popular sport. That could be tuning into shows specifically put on to present the next years schedule, or watching the OTAs (off-season training assessments).

I’m mainly thinking of the NFL, but CW4FTR could apply to any level of football in general (high school, college, pro, even arena (silly) football). The off-season of football is a season in itself for the sport. Teams are preparing for the start of the new season by looking at their current rosters and seeing what’s needed and what needs to go, getting everyone in shape, designing plays and tricks (especially in advance of the teams first game), and preparing for the draft by taking a look at prospective college players. For the super dedicated fan during this time-period, it’s five or six months of drooling over their computer waiting for the latest exciting news to be released and the anticipation of the first pre-season game for their respected team.

It’s been since early February

That the pigskin lay to rest

They’re getting anxious

Starting to look like the Wild West

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season.

Autumn Time

“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer” – Helen Hunt Jackson

Fall is the best time of year for me. I used to dread it, but now that I am not in grade school anymore it is a sensational time. For one thing, football is back and in full swing again. It seems I am inside all the time now, watching great game after great game, catching up on all things fantasy and reveling in the stats, videos, and ultimate controversy surrounding this American tradition. The many different teams, their colors and logos all unique, the sweet sound of pads and helmets clashing, it’s all like a dream and is a bullet train that takes us along for a thrilling ride all the way to February.

Autumns in Michigan, where I live, are the time when everything seems to drop back into place, back to normalcy. Things get much quieter around here. There is not much activity outside because everyone is so busy with school or work. The magic and rushing sense of summer is long gone.

Autumn Time

My cheeks feel flushed

As the temperature plummets

Never had a pumpkin spice latte

Autumn Time


September breeze

Chimes in the wind

Season of new hope

Autumn Time


School days are back

Kids tucked inside

The magic of summer is gone

It’s time to use your mind


Leaves are changing colors

The life cycle continues

Drift from the trees

Crunch under my shoes


Slight chill in the air

Grass tipped with dew

Going down the ski slope

Towards white and blue


The great game of football

Kicks into high gear

From high school to professional

It’s a new time to cheer


The baby freshman

In their final leg of school

Hoping to fit in

Playing it cool


Mid-autumn nights

Cool and crisp

Crickets chirping

The lake of mist


Pools are closed

Lonely now

But it won’t be long

Until “Cannonball!”


Fall TV returns

Favorites settling easy

New ones launching

Hoping to please picky me


Warm cozy nights

All wrapped up in my hoodie

Rain splatters the window

While watching classic movies


Autumn is somber

Sweet and sound

Old things die

And new life comes around

Autumn Time

In Response to the Daily Prompt: Autumn Leaves