Monday, May 7, 2012

I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them. ~ Ezra Pound

About once a year the moon makes it's closest approach to the earth called the "perigee moon".  Rachel of  Life As I See  It  blog took this foto in her Englewood, Fl backyard.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year paid us a visit last Saturday night.  Our celestial neighbor passed a little closer to Earth than normal sending all of us who are sensitive to gravitational pull into a little tizzy.   Don't we all feel just a tad cuckoo around a full moon? 

 My dad was a paramedic for 30 years. He was  full of stories of all the crazy things that happened and looney tunes people that showed up during a full moon on his shift. Maternity nurses swear more births happen on a full moon. During my customer service career at a big box home improvement store I can personally vouch that every off-balance person from 20 miles around showed up at the front desk with some outlandish tale of customer service woe on the full moon. There is actually hard & fast scientific studies to back up the effects of a full moon.

Some people are just sensitive to gravitational pull.  That's not always a bad thing.  Every good beachcomber  should have a little lunatic in them.  I can feel the full moon pulling me to the ocean especially when I look at the tide charts and see a red line of minus low tides. There are always two sides to every coin.  A good beachcomber channels all that lunacy into a positive direction.

The full moon makes the low tide noticeably lower.

This is what a super moon low tide looks like. Friends from Chicago saw the minus .05 low tide on Little Hickory for themselves.

Author/blogger of all things sandy & salty Dave McRee aka The Florida BeachHunter celebrated Cinco de Mayo by driving over the Sunshine Skyway to get this amazing shot of the super moon over the Tampa Bay shipping lanes.

The minus low tide caused by a super moon's extra ummph on Barefoot Beach.  Photo was taken  by Shell Sistah Carla who lives on Bonita Beach.