Lunar Nature: the Moon and Earth Connection

Although one is a barren rock, the gravitational bond between moon and Earth has resulted in the one influencing life — and lore — on the other since life began.



moon and earth - full moon
From old wives’ tales to scientifically proven effects, the moon makes an impact here on Earth in numerous ways.
PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO/MANFRED KONRAD
moon and bird
You can count the number of birds that fly across a full moon to estimate how many birds are migrating.
ISTOCKPHOTO
luna moth
After coming out of its cocoon, a luna moth lives for one week, never eating, but focused on finding a mate.
ISTOCKPHOTO/WILDERNESS PHOTOGRAPHS
canada moonseed
Canada moonseed appears similar to wild grapes, but its pretty berries are dangerous.
WALTER MUMA
canada moonseed berries
Canada moonseed berries contain a single crescent-moon shaped seed. The berries look appetizing, but are dangerous if eaten.
WALTER MUMA
moon and earth - ruffed grouse
The full moon compels the ruffed grouse to "crazy flights."
MICHAEL QUINTON/MINDEN PICTURES
moon and earth - tide pools
Tide pools during low tide at Slip Point, Clallam Bay, Sekiu, WA.
GEORGE GRALL
moon and earth - moonbow
A rare, gorgeous moonbow over Victoria Falls, Africa.
CHRIS JOHNS











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