Monday, January 12, 2009

Old Moon on the Rise


According to the calendar, the Old Moon still had another day to wax full when I took this, but I was glad to catch it in semi-daylight. Willits is nestled against the western side of Little Lake Valley, and the shadows of evening darkness creep across the landscape west to east - first the town, then the valley, then the hills, and finally the high mountains I described on Friday. Here to the east of us, they glow pink in the filtered spectrum of sunset coming from overhead; the endless sunset that never dies, but continues to sweep across the globe to each rock and tree and wave, in its turn, while we scamper about below, remembering to check our watches, or start the fires, growing hungry for supper, perhaps traveling home, or fearing for our lives.

13 comments:

Babzy said...

Beautiful shot ,it looks like a watercolour ...It is so difficult to catch the moon ,i try but the result is always negative ;)

raf said...

Perfect timing for this moon shot. Lovely!

Bibi said...

Very pretty. These are my favorite colors.

Hilda said...

Beautiful! And I can't decide whether I like the photo or the prose better…

Destitute Rebel said...

This is a wonderful wonderful shot, love the pinkish clouds and the moon.

Virginia said...

Lovely photo and your text superbe as well.
V

Halcyon said...

Gogeous! I love the colors. It is really amazing what mother nature can produce.

Bursa Daily Photo said...

Pink sky at night, shepherd's delight...

Knoxville Girl said...

We are all connected under the same moon. Great shot and thoughtful prose as always, Elaine.

Kris said...

The notion of a shepherd's delight has quite a different connotation in New Zealand.

Suffice to say, they'd rather a bit of cloud thank you very much.

USelaine said...

Babzy - I've tried many times before, and this is the first time I barely got the gray details. I had to post it.

Raf - Moon shot! That's how I should have titled the post! Thanks.

Bibi - I like them too.

Hilda - Thank you.

D Rebel - I was so relieved when I could see the picture on my computer, and it wasn't blurred.

V - Some things, like the moon or the setting sun, unify us all, I think. I feel the need for some unification. Thank you.

Halcyon - I imagine our ancient ancestors welcomed the cheerful colors amid the cold winters.

Bursa - I had not heard that saying.

KG - Thank you. I sometimes have to remind myself that we are all here together, even if we imagine we are not.

Kris - I don't think I want to know what you are talking about. But here's to happy shepherds everywhere!

Benjamin Madison said...

This is a lovely photo, Elaine. Wonderful colors. I just posted some lichen for you - online at midnight. I'm also very fond of lichen and of hardy, tenacious, low-growing plants of all kinds - especially cacti and succulents.

Petrea said...

Gorgeous. Every word of it. The photo's nice, too.