Look Up. You Just Might See the Moon in the Daytime! by Elaine A. Powers, Author

We don’t have too many days with clouds here in the Sonoran Desert, so when we have one, I enjoy studying the formations.  I’m curious about the holes that form in the sheet of fluffy clouds, like the one above. Do winds hollow out these spaces, or do the expanding edges pull or tear these openings?

photo of clouds moving into an opening

It looks like a few clouds are moving in to fill in the gap.  This formation reminds me of wound healing.  The repairing cells move forward into the openings in cuts and things. That was one of the topics I worked on as a biologist.

photo of moon in the day time

Something struck me as odd in another opening.  I noticed an unusual looking cloud. That cloud is actually the moon! It’s in the Waning Gibbous Phase, meaning the visible portion is more than half but the rest of the disk is not illuminated. I wonder if the moon was pretending to be cloud since it was up so late in the morning.

Take the time to up look during the day.  You might see a moon sneaking about in the clouds.

Book Note: Author Elaine A. Powers lives in the Sonoran Desert and has written several books about the flora and fauna.

a photo of three books from The Don't Series
The ‘Don’t Series’ are books set in the Sonoran Desert with the animal science written into rhyming stanzas. They are fun to read and the science education sticks!


Queen of the Night is a book by Elaine A. Powers, also written in rhyme, about the very special Night-Blooming Cereus.

infographic for Queen of the Night the Night-Blooming Cereus

And How NOT to Photograph a Hummingbird is a really fun way to learn about the Sonoran Desert, as the desert trips up a tourist who really, really wants a photo of a hummingbird. A glossary of flora and fauna is included.

Colorful book cover illustrated with Anna's Hummingbird in The Sonoran Desert
This colorful picture book for all ages teaches about the Sonoran Desert—with a sense of humor. It pits one bumbling human against the desert as he carelessly attempts to photograph an Anna’s Hummingbird. Enjoy the chase as the photographer is tripped up by a rock, stabbed by a Mesquite tree and rattled by a Western Diamondback. Then use the glossary to teach about the rich variety of life in the Sonoran Desert. Humor makes learning fun and easy!


CURTIS CURLY-TAIL COMES ALIVE ON YOU TUBE!a curly tail lizard on a bahamian beach with blue sky and ocean, sand and green plants
Elaine A Powers Author Conservationalist Biologist
Click Image to Hear “Don’t Call Me Turtle!”image of woman reading book at tucson botanical gardens
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