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The “super” supermoon of 2013 – the perigee full moon

June 21, 2013

full_moonThis coming weekend marks the Super, SuperMoon of 2013. Or…..the Perigee full moon. This extra large Moon will appear on Sunday, June 23rd. 2013. Not only will this be a “SuperMoon”, but it will be the largest of the supermoons.

Last month, in May, we also had another supermoon. This can happen in a single year. Sometimes it can happen a number of times during a single years.But…..these Super, “Supermoons” may not only happen but once a year, if that at all.

So just what is a SuperMoon? Interestingly enough, the term SuperMoon comes from astrology and not Astronomy, and  in 1979, it was defined as:“A new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth”.

June 2013 full moon lines up much more closely with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth – than the original definition of a SuperMoon, making it one of the most Super, SuperMoons we will get a chance to see.

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May SuperMoon with Eagles at INWOOD Hiking Trails

Last month, in May of 2013, we also had a SuperMoon. The Moon was extra brilliant and truly appeared to be larger then normal. A small group of us Hikers were fortunate enough to catch this SuperMoon as it rose behind the Eagles and their nest, out at INWOOD Hiking Trails in Stony Creek Metro Park.RosieMoon

So what an interesting weekend we have in store for us. Today……June 21st is the Summer Solstice, where the Sun is the highest in the sky it will be for the year of 2013. An important time in our Historical past. Certain Farming patterns where determined by this special day, and it was a way for our Ancestors to determine specific times of the year to best understand their plant growing and Farming.

If you would like to read even more details about almost Astronomical activities, one of the very best web sites to explore regularly is,  EarthSky

So we have the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21st and then the Super, SuperMoon on Sunday June 23rd. Look to the heavens for all types of special activities this weekend.

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INWOOD Hiking Trails/Stony Creek

May 20, 2013

For over 20 years, the land north of Inwood road and Stony Creek Nature Area was an active Gravel Pit. The land was leased to the Gravel company by the Metro Parks. When the lease was up, about 10 years ago, the Metro Parks took possession once again.

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They put alot of time and money into clearing out what the Gravel pitters had left behind. Concrete piles, scrap metals, 55 gallon drums and all types of heavy debris. After years of cleaning up the mess that was left there, Stony Creek Metro Park developed a HIKING Trails area, with ponds and marked trails totaling miles. They did a great job of cleaning out the area. Then it was Mother Natures turn. As the area kinda sat there for the last 5 years or so, Mom got busy with reclaiming her world.

MamaEagleNow, one can Hike the Trails there and see Eagles nests, Osprey nest, Owls nests, Swans, Sandhill Cranes and Massasagua rattle snakes. Yes……the area has many of them. But being cautious, it can be a very unique experience to see a Massasagua snake in the wild. Or how about a pair of nesting Eagles. Relax on one of the resting benches along the Trail and observe the Eagles feeding their youngster. Or check out the Osprey nest. This Osprey was one of the youngsters released many years ago from the Osprey Program at Stony Creek, with the help of many dedicated Volunteers.

Look closely as you travel the Trails and spot one of the many Owls nests. Or again…..observeBestOsprey closely as you travel the area and you may spot one of the Kits from the local Fox den in the Park. There is much to see and experience in this secluded area of the Park.

Some precautions should be taken for being aware of the Massasagua snakes, and wearing some DEET repellent for SKEETER and TICK protection. But those are things we all should be doing no matter what Trails in any Park we maybe Hiking these days.

You can easily spend most of the day Hiking the Trails there and never crossing a road or maybe even not seeing another person. It is very easy, as you get deeper into the Hiking area, to get some very private Nature experiences.

CraneRunSo get on out to the INWOOD HIKING Trails, north of Inwood road and Stony Creek Nature Study area, and experience and area packed with Birds and wildlife. It is almost hard to believe that this place was a Gravel Pit for so many years, and has been reclaimed by the hard work of the Metro Parks and Mother Nature. ENJOY!!!!!!!!

Please read the article below about the huge increase in TICKS we are experiencing in Southeastern Michigan. With some advanced planning, in most cases you will not have any problems or anything to be concerned about. BE PREPARED! The Boy Scouts motto.

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Download a new Map of the INWOOD HIKING TRAILS here.

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