Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Looney

I've always heard the expression "crazy as a loon." Apparently it derives from the strange call of the North American loon, an aquatic bird (called a "diver" in the UK). But does "looney" come from that expression? Or is it a deformation of "lunatic" which has to do with being moonstruck, driven mad by the moon as a dog might be. In French, an unpredictable dog is sometimes called un chien lunatique.

A setting moon reflects the rising sun early on Tuesday morning.

In any event, our clear weather during the past few days has given us an early morning show as the setting full, now waning gibbous, moon looms in the western sky.

8 comments:

  1. Amazing photo. I don't have the quality of camera nor the skill as a photographer to get such spectacular nighttime shots.

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  2. I agree. That is absolutely breathtaking.

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  3. Wonderful moon picture!

    I've always understood that "looney" came from the moon rather than the bird. Not to be confused with the Canadian loonie, currency, which does derive from the bird.

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  4. Lovely moon. I'm a Cancer and the moon rules us emotional sorts.

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  5. Wow. Pardon me while I put my socks back on.

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