Silhouette – Bird Howling at Moon :)

Clearly this bird is not howling, but it looks like it might be! This is very heavily cropped. I don’t have a lens that can capture this at a higher resolution, but I wanted to share.

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Same moon cycle later in July, same tree, different branch, different time of day (and no bird).

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Moonrise Over Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Moonset/Sunrise

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This was taken in Grand Haven, MI looking west, shortly before moonset (full moon) in March.  Sunrise was about a half-hour after moonset on this morning.  This is from the same morning as photos I posted a couple of weeks ago, except closer to sunrise from the east.  The sky was getting progressively bluer.

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I post this as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge (Rise/Set).  This is a moonset taken at a long exposure in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Definitely got a bit of lens flare on the next one!

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Sunrise Trailing Crescent Moonrise

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The moon was no longer visible within minutes of taking this photo.  This is really my favorite phase of the moon, and my favorite time of day to photograph it when conditions line up.  I took this photo from one of my favorite places, a park along the Grand River in Michigan, minutes from where I work.  I stop by here frequently before heading into the office.

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The Moon Over Lake Michigan

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A Lunar Perspective

The first two photos were taken on March 2nd in Grand Haven, Michigan.  The moon was setting in the west almost exactly as the sun was rising in the east.  Note the refraction of the moon in the glass of the lighthouse.  I didn’t even notice that until later. 

The third photo was taken just after January’s supermoon.  These are posted for the “Out of This World” weekly photo challenge.

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[Almost] Full Moon

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Is the Moon Lonely? Time to Start Blogging Again

I’m going to resume blogging, meaning that I’ll start posting again and I’ll go back to commenting on other people’s blogs.   Michelle at Steadily Skipping Stones pointed out that blogging makes us better people.  I’m sorry I turned my back on it.  I’ve missed it.  I don’t know what to post after that upbeat doozie I published yesterday about pain, but I’ll think of something.  I’d like to write something about hostels and the backpacking lifestyle, but that will have to wait until later in the week.  For now, here’s something I wrote months ago and never posted:

Late one night, when I was three or four, my family and I were driving in our Ford Escort.  I was sitting in the rear passenger seat behind my mom, to the right of my sister.  My dad was driving.  I sat staring through the window at the full moon and wondered why it followed us, why wherever we drove, however fast we went, the bright white disc stayed with us.  I paid close attention when my dad accelerated.  If we went fast enough, if we caught the moon off guard, might we edge ahead of it?

I asked my dad how it matched our movement so perfectly, and he gave me a practical, scientific explanation about relative distances that made perfect sense.  Rational understanding of the moon filled me with wonder, but I couldn’t quite rid myself of the urge to attribute motive and agency to the moon’s behavior.  I always wanted to pretend that it was watching over us, or that it followed us out of curiosity and wondered why we stared at it so, or that maybe it was lonely and was begging for our attention.  And there you have the duality that exists at my core: the desire to rationalize everything paired with the urge to project fanciful romance everywhere.