City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

September 21, 2016

September 14th

Filed under: Astronomy, Gambel's Oak, Moon, Plants, Smells, Weather — canopus56 @ 1:22 am

Cricket Song by Moonlight

9:30 p.m. I do not reach the canyon until late. It is night and overcast, but a full Moon is above the clouds, and thus, the canyon is well lit. Last night and today the canyon has received substantial rainfall, and the roadside dry brush gives off a pungent nutty smell. It has become so cold, that tonight I must wear two undershirts, a wind-breaker, and gloves to jog, and my breath is visible. At mile 1.3, the meadow crickets are silent, but the crickets under the Gambel’s oaks continue their singing. There is a break in the clouds between storm fronts, and the full Moon shines through. Its light casts shadows and the undersides of clouds have a yellow-brown ting. The air is sufficiently clear that I can see the bright spots of craters Aristarchus and Tycho on the Moon’s disk.

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