I saw a post on Facebook that sent me out the door with barely a sip of coffee this morning. It was about a ‘snow moon’, and when I got home I looked for it again and it has disappeared. I popped out the door and saw that big moon in a clear sky and couldn’t get to Aripeka fast enough. I never did take pictures of the sunrise since it was barely there, but oh, that moon!
It feels a little like cheating, to go out for the sunset in my own neighborhood, instead of driving to more scenic spots for the sunset I mean. But the reflections were pretty so I was glad I came out, even if it was 20 degrees colder than the night before and I didn’t think the colors would get much prettier than the feature photo.
I retreated to the car to get warm, and that’s when I noticed the color in the sky to the east. And the flocks of birds that were racing across the sky, heading south.
And the clouds must have parted because now I was seeing the moon.
I know better than to give up on the sunset too soon, but for some reason I left shortly after I took the above picture, and in the time it took to drive a few blocks to my house this happened.
The sky to the east was still spectacular.
I guess I feel like I should have something ‘better’ in my photos than a simple mobile home park. Maybe that’s why it feels like cheating if I don’t drive 45 minutes to find just the right spot. But Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate, fancy or humble she puts on the same show for us all.
My assumption that heading to the eagle nest for pictures would be a sure thing was definitely optimistic. Why wouldn’t I think that after Monday’s great day of shooting? So I went yesterday, determined to get better acquainted with the lens and tripod I hadn’t used for probably a year, not since the last time I had gone out for photos of owls. As usual there were photographers there when I got there, and I learned that the babies had been fed earlier. Dad was on the nest with the babies, they said, and we saw Mom fly in and land in some pine trees out of reach of our lenses. And that’s how things stood for the couple of hours I was there. My attention wandered to the faint moon still showing in the sky, and eventually I wandered to the fishing pier where I found the tide lower than I had ever seen it. It was amazing to think that I’ve stood on that pier and watched dolphins swimming right below me, but not this time.
When I got home I looked through the pictures I’d gotten, few that they were, and I looked again at what I’d taken on Monday and found a few more that I liked. And that was that. But it was a nice day to be outside enjoying the weather and chatting with the other people keeping vigil. It seemed we all left at about the same time, I wonder what excitement may have happened later. What did we miss? Maybe that’s what keeps us going back…
Of course there were also flowers at the botanical garden the other day. And it seemed as if the red ones were the ones catching my eye. Christmas colors. Christmas on the brain.I loved this little donkey planter that sat on a shelf in my mother’s house. I loved it enough that I claimed it for my own when my mother was the one doing the downsizing. I still love it, maybe it’s the colors? So I had just said that I needed to find a little plant to put in it. Something alive in the house, something to take care of. Then I went to Publix and the Christmas cactus were on sale. Just the thing I think. But my success rate with plants isn’t all that great so I hope I haven’t condemned the poor thing to death,With Christmas on the brain the last couple of days I decided that I needed to find a spot for my tree, but there is no empty wall space in this tiny house. But where there’s will there’s a way because I found a spot. I’ve been itching to start sewing again. Normally that would be such a nice winter activity, except you can hardly call this Florida weather winter.
And at the end of our day at the botanical gardens we were seeing a lovely sunset, but had no nice view for photos. But the moon looked pretty enough. I hear there is another nice moon expected tonight. At 12:12 on 12/12. I hope to be awake to check it out.
When I stepped out the door this morning I wasn’t sure where I was heading for the sunrise. But when I looked up and saw the nearly full moon shining low in a crystal clear sky I knew that Aripeka was where I needed to go. I could get the moon set over the inlet and the sunrise across the bridge on the other side. But you probably guessed that the fog set in before I could drive the few miles it took to get there. And that moon was dropping like a stone!
I talked with a young man who had also stopped on the bridge to enjoy the sunrise. He said that he stops whenever he can. He apologized because he said he ‘only’ uses his phone for pictures, not a nice camera like mine. I assured him that sometimes my iPhone photos are the best ones of the day. The feature photo and the last photo are iPhone photos. I just like to see young people taking a minute to appreciate what nature brings us each day. I wasn’t paying attention to things like that when I was his age. It was a nice morning, I thought the fog was more interesting than it usually is. You just never know…
I took a leisurely drive to the beach for the sunset last night. A little too leisurely since I barely made it in time to see it. But I did make it, and I’m glad.