Frustrated with my lack of success with last night’s Full Moon, I went out tonight to capture the Waxing Gibbous Moon, which I actually prefer to shoot because the craters become more visible as the moon leaves its full moon stage. [According to the Farmer’s Almanac, November’s Full Moon is traditionally known as the Beaver Moon because it was the time to set traps before the waters froze over. It was also called the Full Frost Moon.]
I am glad that I went out tonight to try to lasso the moon because, while waiting for the moon to rise, I found some pretty cool reflections in the pond and some interesting contrast of light and shadow.
I haven’t posted shots of my favorite model recently; now her little sister joins her and I have two favorites.
For the first two, I was practicing off-camera flash.
The leather couch reflected the light horribly, so I added a sheet as backdrop.
Just for fun, the night-before-full-moon. Did you know it’s known as the Beaver Moon?
I now realize that I am blessed to have had far too may unforgettable moments to post on this blog.
Unforgettable: the first time I opened the blanket to touch Baby Elle’s little toes three years ago. (“Image by Mona” … nope my son/her daddy took this shot.)
Unforgettable: All of the incredible moments I am fortunate enough to spend with her as she grows into a remarkable little girl.
Unforgettable: If you’ve followed my blog for any time at all, you know that I spent the past two summers working and playing in China, part of it trekking about by myself. The first summer, when I was 60, I took a night-train from Shanghai to Beijing alone and toured the major sites with an English-speaking tour group. The second summer, I spent a week alone in Shanghai. This might not be that remarkable to those of you who are seasoned travelers, but it is quite UNFORGETTABLE and remarkable for me because this was my first time out of the United States.
Unforgettable: An invitation to dinner in a private home in Feicheng, Shandong Province, China. What’s even better is that we were allowed to “help” in making the dumplings.
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I gave myself an unplanned silent retreat today. It began this morning when I spent several hours with Lectio Divina (a way of prayer and meditation using the Scriptures). My spirit began to grow quiet and calm with the silent study, prayer, and reflection and I decided to allow myself the luxury of more.
My home was silent, with no TV, music, cell phone. In addition, I avoided the noise of computer interaction; Internet and email are just a few of the noisy distractions.
Now, I go to bed with peace.
What does this have to do with the image of the moon? Not much … but yet, a lot. On my walk with Sophie tonight, I was completely filled with thanksgiving for the stars in the sky, for the cool air, and for the brilliant moon hanging low, just above the rooftops. I rushed her through her walk, hastily assembled the camera, and set up in the front street to capture the moment.
Good night, moon. Good night everyone.
Psalm 74:16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
I once lived near this beach and treasure my memories of hours playing in the sun, sand, and surf with my sons and walking in the moonlight with their father. When I spent 2 1/2 days on Miami Beach last week, wonderful memories caressed my soul and brightened my spirit. As I look at the images in my library, I smile to remember not only last weekend but the years when my family was young.
Oh, Shine on, shine on, harvest moon
Up in the sky;
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since April, January, June or July.
Snow time ain’t no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon;
So shine on, shine on, harvest moon,
For me and my gal.
“Shine On, Harvest Moon,” 1908 by the married vaudeville team Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.
Nearly a century later, Neil Young gave us another Harvest Moon love song.
Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.
O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb…
~Juliet: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2
I was not getting the clear focus / sharp images I had gotten last year and was worried that I’d made a big mistake changing from Nikon to Canon.
However, my photographer son reminded me today that when I have the camera on the tripod, I need to shut off the image stabilization. DUH!
So, image stabilization off… and look at the detail! Ain’t it cool? All right, I’m easily impressed. I think that it’s fantastic that a mid-range lens can capture the craters on the moon. Imagine what the astronomers in the planetariums can see!