With the abeyance of certain physical annoyances, cycling is back in more or less full swing. Glorious weather makes it a pleasure to be on the road again, but only if the cyclist leaves before the morning heat gets serious. August temperatures here on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains often go above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or nearly 38 degrees Celsius. Toward the end of this morning’s ride, I had to stop on a freeway overpass to make way for a semi truck and trailer, and I’m glad I did. There was Mount Adams, 60 miles to the southwest, swaddled in its perpetual snow.
This evening, recovered from the ride and relaxing on the deck, we watched the full moon. As in the case of the Mount Adams picture, the only camera available was in a cell phone. This shot may not be museum quality, but it captures something of the mood our beloved satellite created tonight.
Also resonating with the mood is “Moon Love,” inspired by the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. This version is from an early Chet Baker quartet album with Russ Freeman on piano.