September Observations

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Sunset reflected in the clouds over Gillis Pond
Sunset reflected in the clouds over Gillis Pond

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September Flora…

icon tch floraMany of the most predominant wildflowers of early summer are beginning to fade. Some varieties of Rudbeckia are still lingering on though. Goldenseal is blooming this month, as are many Crape Myrtles. Some roses are still in bloom but most have faded. Gordonia Bay are beginning to fade all along the pond and water lilies are opening. The garden flowers are doing blooming well, ie Fire Bush, Salvias, Bidens Alba, Hibiscus, Moonflower and Horsemint

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September Fauna…

icon tch faunaTypical mornings with Sandhill Cranes. The hawks haven’t been as noisy as usual this month. Always a lot of deer activity. Haven’t seen many Turkey this month. Armadillos have been less active this month but still show up after a rain. Possum and Racoon activity not as noticeable. A small gator gets spotted in Gillis pond on occasion.  Deer flys still linger and the mosquitos are rough.

The warm nights are full, with sounds of Cicadas and Frogs. Owl activity has increased significantly this year ( 2018 )

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September Celestial Observations…

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Sunday, September 2 at 10:38 p.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon

Sunday, September 9 at 2:01 p.m. EDT – New Moon

September 12, the young waxing crescent moon will take up a position a fist’s diameter above Venus

Sunday, September 16 at 7:16 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon

Monday, September 17 evening – Moon meets Saturn

Wednesday, September 19 evening – Mars and Moon Meet

Friday, September 21 evening – Venus at its Brightest

Saturday, September 22 at 9:54 p.m. EDT – Equinox

Monday, September 24 at 10:53 p.m. EDT – Full Harvest Moon

Mercury will be visible low in the eastern pre-dawn sky during the first week of September.

Mars, well positioned for viewing all month, will spend September moving eastward through the stars of western Capricornus

Saturn will be visible during September as a medium-bright (visual magnitude 0.4 to 0.5), yellowish object in the lower part of the southern evening sky.

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