Monday, August 31, 2020

Moon Shots

  

I ran out Friday evening after sunset and saw the moon with this wild orange hue. It looked pretty beautiful although I suspected it came from the bits of smoke drifting up here from the fires burning east and south of us. 

On Saturday I went out around the same time to take a look. Ah yes, that's the moon I'm familiar with. The skies are clear and fine now. 

I did a screen grab from my photo downloads on the computer that lined up perfectly for the comparison photos. 

Hope all is well for you, friends. 

 

24 comments:

  1. Yes, I'm sure that's just the result of the smoke; we used to get similar effects when farmers used to burn off the stubble and unwanted straw after harvest - a practice which has rightly been banned now for about thirty years. It used to give sensational sunsets and eerie morning mists though.

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    1. John-- It's really quite a sight, the smoky sunsets beautiful and eerie at the same time.

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  2. Nice. Orange moons and red suns are spectacular, though they seem apocalyptic. We get them during the fire season too. On the worst days, day turns to dusk with an eerie red sun.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- They really are spectacular, but they tell a sad story.

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  3. Enjoy tonight's full moon. We've been cloudy most evenings lately.

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    1. Barbara-- We've had a few days of clear skies after a summer of fog. I'm hoping to watch that full moon rise tonight.

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  4. Good that the smoke has cleared out.

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  5. It's good to be reminded from time to time that we are not the center of the universe.

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    1. Sabine-- I love thinking about our little planet whirling in the Milky Way, and then contemplating how many galaxies there are in the universe. So insignificant, we are.

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  6. all is well here but so hot and muggy.

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    1. ellen-- Hope your weather cools down soon with a welcome autumn relief.

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  7. Glad the air is clearing up and the fires are under control. Your photos show that so clearly! Stay safe!

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    1. Ellen D-- We've had pretty clear skies. This orange moon really surprised me, although the night before the sunset was a crazy dark orange smoky red.

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  8. What a relief to be able to see the moon clearly, without the veil of smoke from so many distant fires.

    Having been thinking about Rorschach tests this morning, I looked at your photos with attention to the patterns on the moon's face. The first thing I saw was a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Then I saw a cat playing with a toy and then a man who could have been Orion the Hunter or, through Vietnamese eyes, Orion the Farmer planting rice.

    Seems to me that I've heard that some people see a frog. Looking at other larger moon photos via Google, I can see a frog. Or maybe it's a buffalo. Maybe a rabbit.

    Thinking about what Sabine wrote. We are not the center of the universe in so many ways. The sky clears itself of smoke from fires that were started by lightning in the sky. This has been happening again and again throughout the history of the world. It happened before we were here. A koan: Where is the center of the universe?

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    1. am-- I had forgotten the stories I've read about what people see in the moon. How funny. I may have to take a look again.
      I like that koan. Where is the center of the universe? Hard to fathom.

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    2. There are as many centres of the universe as there are occupants of the earth's surface (all firmly of the belief that the centre of the universe must be here on earth - I mean we're all so good, and clever and Christian).

      DT is greedy and has four: the White House, Trump Tower, Mar el Lago and his own belly button. Mine changes and is presently the view of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains from the A465 just north of Kings Thorne. Previously there was no doubt: Port Underwood on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. A neighbour, two doors down, need look no further than his own garden.

      My mother asked that her ashes be scattered on Baildon Moor a few steps away from her bungalow and where she used to walk Barney her Labrador. My two brothers and I were all ready for a solemn occasion but hadn't allowed for the wind direction. Thus we ended up closer to our mother than we expected. She wrote poetry and would have appreciated the irony.

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    3. Roderick-- Yes, there are many centers of the universe. I have never felt that it is I, but then again I also never contemplated my own belly button. Perhaps I shall in the future to learn the true meaning of life. I love the story you shared about your mother's ashes.
      Just thought you should know I am good, clever, but not Christian. I think of myself as a Jewish Atheist Buddhist, a practitioner of nothing and everything all at once.

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  9. Nice captures! I guess the "golden glow" in the first images was more likely from the angle of the evening sun? Anyway, I'm glad your skies appear to be clear.

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    1. Steve-- Interestingly on Thursday I could see the change in the light of the sun. By sunset it was a crazy smoky orange red. The next day the skies were clearer, but by the time the moon rose it was a light smoky haze.

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  10. Love the orange look but not so much the probable cause. The silver moon is not nearly as dramatic but like the fact that the air is now cleaner.

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    1. Patti-- I feel the same way. I love this look, but would really rather not see it.

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  11. Our moons have not been very red lately. There have been times that we had fires around here in Georgia that caused smoke over us, but so far this year, it has been too wet for fires.

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    1. Mark-- We hardly ever get a rain here in summertime, unless it's a thunder and lightning storm. And then we always worry about fires. California is expecting a horrible heatwave this weekend. Scary times ahead. Sure would love some real rain.

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