Saturday, July 19, 2008

Moonrise on a Summer Evening

Moonrise on a clear summer evening is always a magical moment. For me, there's just something special about watching the moon clearing the trees and filling the sky. Somehow it seems rare to me, though it's not. Perhaps it's only that I rarely get to see the moon rise that's special. Sometimes it's cloudy, sometimes moonrise is after my bedtime, but sometimes, the moon rises on a clear summer evening just as the sun is setting, and the result always makes me pause.

Yesterday was day three of this little July heatwave, but I got a brief break from it in the afternoon. A tiny thunderstorm cell--the only one in the area--popped up over Roundtop. The tiny cell brought a few booms of thunder and a brief spattering of rain, and best of all dropped the temperature 15 degrees. So my evening was pleasant instead of soggy.

Right now around the cabin I'm having a banner year for butterflies, but I have been completely skunked in trying to photograph them. Swallowtails are really in evidence--tiger swallowtails, zebras, pipevine, black--they've all bee around but are impossibly camera shy. Or, I have seen them when I didn't have the camera in hand. And it's not just swallowtails--Great Spangled Fritellaries, Painted Ladies--they are all having their moment right now. Perhaps today will be the day when one will pose for me.!


Cicero Sings said...

What a beautiful moon rise ... the colours of blue ... lovely.

KGMom said...

Carolyn--what a lovely photo of moonrise over water.
Photographing the moon is difficult, I think, as I have a hard time keeping things in focus.

Ruth said...

We are having hot weather too. Your moonrise picture is perfect...very peaceful scene.

Carolyn H said...

All: Thanks for your nice comments about my moon photo. I have more bad moon photos than good ones, believe me! Although the result with this one looks like the middle of the night, it was taken around 8:45 p.m., when the sky was not yet fully dark by any stretch. It was only about 15-20 minutes after sunset. I think that's what caused the very deep blue tones. Much easier to take moon photos then than when it is fully dark.

Carolyn H.