Friday night, I saw a magnificent moonrise. I went looking for it and found a spot to watch on a hill behind the Valley Grove Church—the place where Thorstein Veblen's parents were buried. According to the charts, the sunset and moonrise were supposed to happen the same minute. In practice there were a few minutes between the events.
The land surrounding the church has been planted with authentic prairie grasses. The lovely specimen that opens the video is giant bluestem. This grass can reach a height of over six feet (183 cm) and the root system can go down twelve (366 cm). The great midwest prairies were formed by such plants. Much of the food in North America grows in the organic matter left behind by these giants.
Anyway, this little movie fulfilled two functions. It got me back into video editing and reminded me that my project left from February is not done yet. So this August, if my posts are not especially regular, its because I am going to try to get those promised videos done before Labor Day.
Enjoy. Note that a bat came out to show off in the last video clip. Full moon, an old graveyard, and bats. Doesn't get much better than that.