Friday, December 4, 2009

Nature Notes: Out After Dark

Winter Moon

There was an amazing full moon this week. Did you notice? When I came off the highway exit on the way home it was hanging there right in front of me, as if it had been waiting to surprise me. I parked in the garage and went straight out to the back field to walk around a bit before it got dark. It was gorgeous.

So when the hubby suggested a few hours later that we go for a walk in the moonlight, I nearly said no. Partly, I had just done that; partly, I had other things I thought I had to do; partly, his idea of "a walk" usually includes a scramble through the brambles, not something I particularly enjoy in the dark. Or ever. He promised to stick to the mowed parts and to stay out of the woods.

And I am so glad we went. The moonlight was incredible, so bright that everything cast long shadows and we could clearly see the trees around the pond reflected in the water. Stars winked in and out between the clouds. Far in the distance, we could hear the lonely sound of a train passing in the night.

Walk in the Moonlight

I just had to go back out with my camera to try to capture some of the magic. I had a lot of fun out there alone, drinking in the night and experimenting with shutter speeds and apertures. None of the photos really turned out well. Still, I think I salvaged a few. If I can get them to upload, I'll post them this weekend.

I suppose there's a lesson here: Always go with Yes.

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Carver said...

Wonderful shots taken in moonlight. I enjoyed this post so much.

Anonymous said...

Its always nice to do something like that with your hubby. We use to lay in the back yard and look at the moon an talk. I loved it, to cold right now. I look for your post every day. Bye Bye Ed

NatureFootstep said...

images like this is soo hard to capture. The bright light of teh moon and the darkness of the sky.
Think you did well.

Crafty Green Poet said...

these are gorgeous photos! The moon has been beautiful here too, at least the nights it's not been hidden by thick clouds...

NicoleB Egypt said...

Those pics are awesome!
My Fav is the first one. Like the tree ferry watching the moon. Wonderful!
Wish my hubby would like moonlight walks (or walks in general). Sigh :)

Sheri said...

Moonshadows are a real treat!

ramblingwoods said...

I love a good 'scramble though the brambles" LOL... The full moon was beautiful and I got to see it as we brought the bird feeders in to protect them the raccoon... I like your photos...Michelle

dsmcaron said...

WOW. These are beautiful! I enjoyed the full moon all week long and was often surprised by it. It was great.

MyMaracas said...

Carver, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's nice to know it gave you a smile.

Ed, You sound like a right romantic guy. Your wife is a lucky lady.

Nature, I never really got it right. But I'm looking forward to trying it again after reading up on night shooting.

Crafty, thanks! We've had a lot of cloud cover, too. It was lucky we had relatively clear skies for the full moon.

MyMaracas said...

Nicole, I liked that one too, though I wish the moon looked liked the moon and not just a white light. Although, it's fun to think of it as a fairy caught in the branches, now that you mention it.

Sherri, Moonshadows are among my all-time favorite things. The light is so different.

Michelle, I love walking the woods, but I'm not fond of all the scratches and ripped clothing that usually accompanies a walk with the hubby. See, he wears Carharts and barn boots out there. I have sneakers and thin jeans. Maybe I need to get a bramble-scramblin' outfit of my own?

Dsmcaron, wasn't it a treat? And it's especially fun when you forget there's a full moon and see it as a surprise.

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting here singing hank Williams - I'm so lonesome I could cry - there is a mention of a train in it!! Lovely photos - I posted a couple of photos a few days ago that I took of the moon in the morning.