I decided to paddle out to the
Johnson Key Chickee camping platform to
observe, enjoy and photograph this rare event.
(tap or click pic to read)
The supermoon took it’s place in the sky as
unsuspecting creatures carried on!
The deep darkness brought on by the eclipse and the ever rising water levels reminded me of a powerful poem by the famous Czech author Karel Jaromír Erben. His book ‘Kytice z pověstí národních‘ – A Bouquet of Folk Legends (or just ‘Kytice‘ for short) is a collection of poems based on Slavic mythology and folk themes, long considered to be one of the greatest works of Czech literature.
These are the lines that ran through my head as the tide crept up in the darkness:
(in Czech, of course!)
„Ach nechoď, nechoď na jezero,
zůstaň dnes doma, moje dcero!
Já měla zlý té noci sen:
nechoď, dceruško, k vodě ven.“
(* My best English translation *)
“Don’t go, don’t go to the lake,
Stay at home today, my daughter!
I dreamt frightful dreams in the night:
Don’t go, my darling daughter, to the water.”
(* Read the rest of the poem: English translation by Susan Reynolds*)
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