Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fly Me To the Moon

Last month I read that the following night was going to be spectacular if you watched the moon come up. The word was that it was the one night, due to an optical illusion, that the rising moon would look huge.

With the words of Dean Martin's classic song, When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore, running through my head I went out early, camera in hand, ready to take a photo of the phenomenon. I was determined to get the photo of the century that would establish my credentials as a photographer par excellence. The time the moon was to put in an appearance was 7:32 pm here.

Determined to not miss this shot I was standing by my light post, camera poised, at 7:25 pm. That moon wasn't going to fool me by coming up early.

Minutes passed while neighbors out walking looked at me with puzzled expressions that said, "What is this crazy old woman doing out there leaning on her lamp post?" I guess they thought that I had finally gone 'round the bend.' Or maybe they thought I had had 'tee many martoonies'.

Undeterred, I waited and waited. 7:35 - no moon. 7:40 - no moon. I frantically went to the back yard for a better view. No moon in sight. Back to the front yard again. At long last - I finally viewed the moon.

Above is the photo of that stubborn moon. Not a huge moon, not an award winning shot, but just a moon between the trees.

As luck would have it, I had been looking in the wrong direction. Because houses and trees blocked my view of the horizon I would never have been able to get that award winning shot from my house even if I had known where to look.

I guess this will have to be filed under 'missed opportunities.' The only problem is, I think that file is full.


Ernestine said...

Darlene if I had taken this picture I would be so proud.
I think it is beautiful.
You do not know how much pleasure I take in reading your blog and seeing your photography talent.
I am so happy you have started a blog.
Have a great day.
Hope it is cooler in your area then in the middle of Nashville.

Nancy said...

Hi Darlene,

Every day while reading your blog we find out something new about you.

Now we discover that you are a

Grannymar said...

Great post Darlene. I like the Moon shot.

Darlene said...

Thank you, my loyal friends, for visiting me.

Nancy - a Mooonie? I won't touch that one. ;-)

Ronni Bennett said...

It's a terrific shot, Darlene. Gorgeous moon even if it's not as big a pizza pie.

GJG said...

LOL enjoyed reading this post----gives a whole new definition to the phrase, "Shoot the moon" I got your blog from Kay, who I saw tagged you with My meme. I hope you found it of some amusement. Keep up the great blog posting. I myself started blogging this last April and am having fun with it.

Gary (aka old dude)