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orange moon…

Saw a huge orange moon rising on the Turin-Milan motorway. Why is it orange? Apparently, this effect is caused by the atmosphere of the earth and the reason for the orange colour is due to the scattering of light by the atmosphere. When the moon is near the horizon, the moonlight has to pass through much more atmosphere than when the moon is directly overhead, so by the time the moonlight reaches your eyes, the blue, green, and purple pieces of visible light have been scattered away by air molecules. That’s why you only see yellow, orange, or red…see? (got this info from here, but there is better moon info on the NASA site)

yet another change of scene…again…

…well sort of, coming back to Italy and especially Biella is kind of like coming home as it was indeed home for many years…and after a few days in Edinburgh living in the heart of the the belly of the beast that is the Edinburgh Festival…(some stats…{though i will spare you images of people juggling on stilts in the streets…some things i refuse to photograph..} last year the Edinburgh Festival sold 1,859,235 tickets for 34,265 performances of 2,098 shows in 265 venues, over 25 days, for an average of over 74,000 admissions and 1,300 performances per day…. ) well a bit of calm is nice…Having said that its not THAT calm…the residency that i am working for (see my current project as collaborating artist for UNIDEE 2010 and the blog i keep for them) has carried on throughout August while i was away and there is a LOT to catch up on…more to follow…

Meanwhile the landscape has changed again, the rice fields that surround us are now starting to turn from lush green to a golden yellow…below is the town of Novara, outside Milan.

and just to remind you, here is how it looked a few months ago in april when the fields were newly flooded for planting…

…and back to now, at ground level…

the rice cycle…

The summer will be spent in Biella, but more of that in future posts…Summer there means heat, humidity and mosquitoes!!!! all interdependent on the peculiarities of the landscape…

The cycle of rice within the Lombardy and Piedmont countryside is a wondrous thing. It defines the landscape and completely transforms the countryside from season to season. In the winter you can see regular fields of brown earth, perhaps a little sunken into the landscape, but normal none the less. Around about late march early April comes the first transformation, the flooding of the fields. The sluice gates are opened and the series of staggered sunken fields transform into pools of water as far as the eye can see.

When you drive to Biella from Milan or Turin, it’s like driving between seas at low(ish) tide. With the water come the mosquitoes…big like chickens (OK, maybe i exaggerate…a little) and herons and other water birds. When you fly in at this time the sun bounces off the water, and at night, the moon reflects off the watery fields and follows you across the ground until you land…

Novara (near Milan) surrounded by rice fields

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