By the the Light of a Pink Supermoon

Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime to see April’s super-moon.

Here is a snap I took in the early hours of 27th of April’s Supermoon just before it came out from hiding behind a Barbican Tower.
Pink Moon hiding behind a Barbican tower, London 0100 hrs 27th April 2021 | Photo: Lesley Scoble
I took this shot circa 0100 hrs on the morning of 27th April 2021. Its closeness to Earth (passing us within a mere 224,000 miles give or take a few thousand odd miles!) making it appear a lot brighter than usual—and at least 30° bigger! Did you see it? If you missed it, you can see another Supermoon on the 26th May. The Blood Supermoon will be the last of the super-moons to grace our skies this year.

The Pink Moon isn’t pink

Feel free to colour it in if you like!

Pink Moon, London 0100 hrs 27th April 2021 | Photo: Lesley Scoble

It got the name Pink Moon because the Native Americans (who didn’t refer to the Julian, Gregorian or any other calendar) named it Pink! They gave different moon cycles relevant names from nature. Naming the full moons with logic (and rather romantically) to what heralded them.

A State of Wild Phlox

All over the North American continent a wild phlox grew and bloomed with masses of pink flowers in the Spring. The April full moon derived its name Pink because during its rise, the land it shone upon would have been ablaze with these pink wildflowers (what a sight it must have been! I hope it remains so, to some extent, today). Just like the Wolf Moon got its name because it turned up when the wolves would howl (and I also hope they may long continue to howl today) across the wild wintry American terrain of January.

I didn’t really expect to see this years Pink Moon as it ate a Barbican Tower balcony last year in April 2020…

Here is my photo of the ‘Pacman’ Pink Moon April 2020 chomping on a balcony of the Barbican Tower.
Packman Pink Moon eating the Barbican Tower April 2020 | Photo: Lesley Scoble

Think Pink!

Pink Ironing Boards!

Pink has never been my favourite colour. I blame my childhood distaste for little girls’ toys that always seemed to be produced in a ghastly Barbie pink! I rebelled. And remember being horrified at the idea that I might receive a Barbie pink toy IRONING BOARD! Really! Santa might give it to me for Christmas! I made sure in my note to Santa to say that I did not want an ironing board!
I have since wondered at the motive of toy manufacturers who made such a thing as a pink ironing board? Did children exist who WANT such an object? They don’t still make them, do they?
To me, it is training young innocent children in the most mundane, boring chore on the planet! And to make it in PINK! The specific ‘girls’ colour of the time. Where was the BLUE ironing board? If anyone can recall ever seeing a BLUE toy ironing board, please let me know!
As an adult, for me, ironing has been the worst chore ever! It is the most de-PRESSING (see the joke?) activity. If I had to do it, I would say I was off to a ‘Bored’ Meeting (see the joke?).

Pink Flowers!

Aside from pink ironing boards, pink looks rather well on flowers. After all, that is why they named this specific moon, Pink. Because of the abundance of the pink wild phlox that the Native Americans associated with it.
I’m rather short on seasonal pink wildflower photos, so here are just a few snaps of some pink blooms taken around my current London locale. Not a lot of wild ones among them, I’m afraid. But they are pretty. And they are pink!

Hope you enjoyed this post – I shall be tickled pink if you did!

Make sure you stay safe — and ‘Stay in the Pink’!

Cheers!

Pink Gin | Photo: Lesley Scoble

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