Some-WHERE over the moonbow, way up high …

We’ve all seen rainbows, right?

Photo by Donald Macauley from Carshalton, Surrey, UK via Wikimedia Commons

I count myself lucky each time I spy a ribbon of colors stretching to touch a rain-freshened sky. If I happen to be with my bedazzled grandgirls, I feel extra blessed, because their young eyes still shine with surprise.

My question to you is …

Have you ever seen a moonbow?

Photo of a moonbow at the lower Yosemite Falls by Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons

Look closely at the photo—those are stars in the sky. And yet, somehow, a rainbow (no, MOONbow) arches across the scene below.

This marvelous and seemingly mystical phenomenon is not a figment of fairy tales.

“A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow) is a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon (as opposed to direct sunlight) refracting off of moisture-laden clouds in the atmosphere. Moonbows are relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light reflected from the surface of the moon. They are always in the opposite part of the sky from the moon,” explain the worldly wizards of Wikipedia. “Because the light is usually too faint to excite the cone color receptors in human eyes, it is difficult for the human eye to discern colors in a moonbow. As a result, they often appear to be white. However, the colors in a moonbow do appear in long exposure photographs.”

As we can see in the photo above and this stunning scene from Victoria Falls in Zambia:

Photo courtesy Calvin Bradshaw ( via Wikimedia Commons

Oooohhhh …

Personally, I’d be giddy as a grandgirl to get a glimpse of a white moonbow, wouldn’t you?

Our best chance to catch a moonbow would be when the moon is at or very near a bright full moon. Ideally, the moon must be low in a very dark night sky, which is only likely to occur a couple of hours before sunrise or after sunset.

“Of course,” Wiki reminds us, “There must be rain falling opposite the moon.”

And a unicorn in your pocket.

Who knows?

It could happen.











garden book

You just came in from the garden.

Maybe it started to drizzle, or

(woe of woes)

there just isn’t anything left to DO right now …

Sprouts are sprouting, knee-high to a toad.

Photo by jonsson from Göteborg, Sweden via Wikimedia Commons

Weeds (well, only the two) have been pulled.

Trellises dutifully await the dangling green weight of pole beans.

Photo by mark_dixon4 via

Sigh …

Now what?

What do you do with these …

Photo by Daniel Sone via Wikimedia Commons

until it’s time to fill them with these?

Photo by Robert & Mihaela Vicol via Wikimedia Commons

I have just the thing.

It’s a … well, it’s a … ummm … okay, okay …

It’s a book.

“A booooook?!” you exclaim. “No matter how much I love reading, this is not the time. I want to GARDEN.”

Hush now, my dear. I feel your impatience—really, I do. (I am in Idaho, remember, where spring can be oh-so-slow to settle in.)

That’s why, when I say “book,” I mean something special—not just any book, but a voluptuous volume that has the power to tide you over until your first harvest and may actually beckon you back when your baskets are bursting.

This book is called Growing Beautiful Food, and it’s filled with mouth-watering photos (not to mention succulent text) by Matthew Benson, contributing editor and television spokesman for Rodale’s Organic Gardening.

Much to this impatient gardener’s delight, Mr. Benson created a video (set to a sweetly soothing soundtrack), designed to hook garden-giddy gals like you and me. Watch and dream …