Sometimes, wonderful pictures deserve another “go round”
I really admired these pictures on Bob’s site. Over the course of the past year, he has gone from “snapping a few pictures” to being a really good photographer. He does, I admit, have a real passion for shots of the moon … but many of us do. It is, after all, the only thing in space we can take pictures of using normal lenses!
My passion for moon-shots is somewhat dimmed by the number of trees in the way of my lens. I’ve only gotten really good moon pictures when I was somewhere lacking trees. Parking lots. Beaches.
Locally, we are very thoroughly treed in and not just at my place. All over Massachusetts. Last I read, we are 60% treed in this state, most likely because most of the big farms are gone to where the soil is better — flatter and less rocky — and the climate is more amenable for growing bigger crops. We do have apple orchards, but not much else beyond local corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other salad stuff.
So these pictures aren’t mine. Two Red Wattlebirds against a slipper of a moon … and a beautiful, clear shot of the moon itself.
You can reach Bob directly at his Blog:
Australian Red Wattlebirds and a silver slipper moon
Perfect moon in another sky
Also, if you are ‘into’ sky and star pictures, this one wonderful photograph with explanation, too:
Before we had calendars, the moon was our calendar.
The month was new when the moon was new and was growing old when the moon began to wane. At month’s end, all was dark.
Full moons have names, too.
We know that the Harvest Moon comes at the time of the harvest and that the Wolf Moon follows a month (moonth) later. The moon makes our seas rise and fall — and makes us loony.
This was the full Harvest Moon on the first day of Autumn, September 2016.
Full Harvest Moon, September 2016
And just because this is really what I was thinking about. Maybe because for some obscure reason, it sounds like it means more now than it did before.
And it’s also one of my all-time favorite songs. Actually, ALL of Creedence is favorite music for me. Pretty much every single song.
From “Romeo and Juliet” – William Shakespeare
ROMEO: But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off!
Bad moon in Barnstable
My first good moon shot
Circles and squares in squares. What could be simpler?
Seeking squares and circles — inside squares, of course! From BeckyB!
Harvest Moon over Barnstable
Here’s the challenge:
Black and White Photography Challenge: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.
Since I’m an old time player at this game, I’m letting people in as long as it’s not a portrait and not the primary part of the image.
I invite you to consider giving this challenge a try, even if you’ve done it already. An extra push to do better photography is good for your art. Moreover, finding a black & white picture that somehow represents “you” in a visual way poses an interesting challenge — an artistic double-whammy, so to speak. At least one of the pictures I used in the first round of these challenges turned out to be one of my most popular-ever posts.
Who’d have thunk it.
This challenge comes from Luccia Gray at “REREADING JANE EYRE.”
For this final day, what may be (I dearly hope) the final snow of the season. Just a little piece of a little snow.
Snow on the deck
Anyone who would like to participate, you may link to any of the seven posts in this set and please, have fun!
I haven’t been getting out lately, but fortunately, there always stuff going on inside. Dogs. Snow. Toys. I suppose these could just as easily be considered oddballs!
A hazy super-moon
Snow of the week through the window
Gibbs of the Long Nose
Sleepy Duke is growing up. Nice pair of jowls he’s got these days!