Gold is the new blue — moon that is — in Longbranch

A giant full moon rises over the treeline of Anderson Island seen from Longbranch Friday evening.
A giant full moon rises over the treeline of Anderson Island seen from Longbranch Friday evening.

The only one my arms will hold
I heard somebody whisper please adore me
And when I looked to the moon it turned to gold
Frank Sinatra, “Blue Moon”

Our mountain put on a show of its own just before the moon rose over Anderson island.
Our mountain put on a show of its own just before the moon rose over Anderson island.

Waiting for the blue moon to rise was a treat.

It sure took its pretty ‘ol time climbing over the horizon. The MoonCalendar app on my phone said the event was happening at 8:44 p.m. The moon’s golden top did not break the treeline on Anderson Island until about 8:57, a full 13 minutes later.

Once it did, it rose quickly.

The oohs and aahs on our bank were as loud as the barred owl’s hoot.

This was a neighborhood event along Drayton Passage. A handful of people lined the banks with cameras and refreshing beverages in hand.

We knew it was coming. Yet when it did, it still was surprisingly spectacular.

Good morning Longbranch.

Thursday night's event was a bit more dramatic with the moon rising just behind Mount Rainier.
Thursday night’s event was a bit more dramatic with the moon rising just behind Mount Rainier.

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