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.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I have never seen a moon bow either but now it is on my list of want to see. Gosh, what a special and beautiful sight it must be!!

  2. Darlene Ricotta says:

    I have heard of Moon bows before but never saw one yet, maybe someday.

    That is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it.


  3. bonnie ellis says:

    Somehow we have to be somewhere at the right time. A blessing if it happens especially with grandgirls.

  4. Beth Elzinga says:

    The first and only time I saw a moonbow I had just gotten my digital dslr. I never got a picture. It was awesome. Our neighbors were freaked out but we knew that it was just another one of Gods creation. It was great!

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  6. Ronnie McMillen says:

    One place to see these wonders of nature is Cumberland Falls, Kentucky!!!
    Come on down to my Home State to see this awesome site!!!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    There is some red rose variety here in Asheville that is in full bloom everywhere. They plant it along highway medians, in parks, yards, and other public spaces. It grows like a small bush and the roses are small and plentiful. Such a beautiful sight!

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  3. terry steinmetz says:

    oh, how lovely! I can not grow them at all. My oldest daughter can and does. I love to see hers each year!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Summer fields are ready for walks in tee shirts and straw hats!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Good Morning Mary Jane! Nothin’ could be finer than to be in Carolina in the mornin’!! Looking out over the beautiful Blue Ridge Mts. and it feels just like home to me. Cool fresh air and lush green everywhere. Back when my Uncle Bob was alive, he and my aunt lived up here and that song played every morning on the radio right at 7am. Uncle Bob got up early and made coffee and started breakfast and by the time 7 am came, he had enjoyed a few sips of the first cup of coffe and in his fantastic baritone voice,would sing along with the radio in the kitchen with his apron on!! It was the best way ever to start your day!!!

  2. Jackie says:

    Dear Maryjane, found about you first in my library a few years ago , when I found your lovely book, that now I proudly own it along with many of your beautiful magazines.
    Today I am writing to ask if you ever read the blog Aspiring Homemaker, her blog started inspired by you, is so beautiful !! It should be in the pages of your magazine. It is written by a young lady is so inspiring I thought you would love. P.S. I don’t know Mia at all, just her blog.
    Here is the link:

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    The idea of an “outdoor kitchen” where you live is not only Farmgirl Romance, but Farmgirl Genius! It sure beats those work shelves we made out of sticks for our Girl Scout Primitive camping badge and our buckets of wash, rinse and sanitize water we had on our campfire stoves for doing our clean-up!

  2. Bonnie Ellis says:

    I love the idea of an outdoor sink for washing those fresh-from-the-garden veggies and fruits before they come into the kitchen.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    What a gorgeous bouquet of Homestead flowers. They will brighten any space!

  2. Cindi says:

    These are beautiful. What is it about seeing a flower that always brings a smile? We should all have such a reputation!

  3. bonnie ellis says:

    Ah, flowering season. Music to my soul. We have winter7 to 8 months of the year. Just beautiful.

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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 …


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Beautiful, beautiful!!!!!!! Oh what photography. I especially loved the photos of the chickens and dishes made from the harvest. It is a testimony to growing delicious and healthy food and flowers. I feel healthier from all the antioxidants just looking at this video clip!

  2. Bonnie Ellis says:

    What a wonderful video. It looks like a luscious book. Makes me more hungry.

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