Blood Moon April 4, 2015:

Blood Moon April 4, 2015 as seen from Melbourne. Picture source: The Age Newspaper.

Blood Moon April 4, 2015 as seen from Melbourne. Picture source: The Age Newspaper

The third Tetrad blood moon (of the four blood moons 2014 – 2015) could be seen perfectly from Melbourne area last night April 4, 2015. When the moon was rising there were many clouds, but it was clear during the eclipse process which took around 5 hours. During the short full coverage about  11 o’clock pm, the moon looked mysteriously dark and distant, the colour was kind of copper red. So it was not blood colour at all.

People in Australia will not see another full moon eclipse again until January 31/February 1, 2018….. as we will miss the fourth Tetrad Moon completely on September 28 this year. I did not take any photos as my camera is not good for taking pictures of the stars and the moon. The picture above was from the Age Newspaper.

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Two plants in our garden are associated with Easter. Both are now blooming to remind us that Easter is approaching.

Crucifix Orchid:

Red Crucifix Orchid

Red Crucifix Orchid

Crucifix Orchid – Epidendrum ibaguense. This very easy to grow orchid that is very good for beginners, have clusters of small flowers and the long labia/lips resemble a cross. The blooms are available in red, yellow, mauve, salmon and purple.

Crucifix Orchid - Crown of Thorns Crucifix Orchid flowers Crucifix Orchid Red

Crown of Thorns:

Crown of Thorns - Euphorbia milii flowers

Crown of Thorns – Euphorbia milii flowers

Crown of Thorns – Euphorbia milii is also known as Christ Plant or Christ Thorn. In legends, the thorny branches are associated with the crown worn by Jesus during the crucifixion. The flowers come in many colours and shades.

Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milii

Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milii

Crown of Thorn - Euphorbia Milii

Crown of Thorn – Euphorbia Milii

Euphorbia Millii

Euphorbia Milii

Above the Hills of Time

Above the hills of time the cross is gleaming,
Fair as the sun when night has turned to day;
And from it love’s pure light is richly streaming,
To cleanse the heart and banish sin away.
To this dear cross the eyes of men are turning,
Today as in the ages lost to sight;
And so for Thee, O Christ, men’s hearts are yearning,
As shipwrecked seamen yearn for morning light………………

Happy Easter!