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The Ambience of the Moon – Setting the Mood

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A perfect moon for a Halloween night

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The magic of a moon lit night

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Perfect conditions for a quiet night of moon watching

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Calm and Peace on Christmas Eve

In awe, I watched the waxing moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an ambered chariot towards the ebony void of infinite space wherein the tethered belts of Jupiter and Mars hang, for ever festooned in their orbital majesty. And as I looked at all this I thought… I must put a roof on this toilet.
– Les Dawson –

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Ambience.

How has the moon affected the ambience of a memorable occasion for you? Did you know that ambience can also be spelled ambiance?

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Photographs of a Half Moon and Sunrises

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The photo challenge this week is Half-Light. At sunrise this morning, the moon appeared to be Half too!

The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.
― Brian A. McBride, Dominion –

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Same time, same sunrise, same moon (that tiny white dot near the top right of the photo.

The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary.
– Alfred Kreymborg –

sunrise clouds Arizona

In Alberta, these clouds would probably mean rain. Here in Arizona, at this time of the year, dark clouds are just dark clouds.

The latest authority among men of science says that little is known of the causes which balance the clouds in the air. They are formed of water, and water, however minutely divided or blown into bubbles, is always heavier than the air. And yet these flying fountains of all the rivers of earth, these armed and thundering legions of the storm, that beat down the forests with hail and bury the mountains in snow, and flood the plains with water, go floating over us at vast heights with all their mighty magazines when all our philosophy would require them to sink to the earth.
– Daniel March, “The Balancings of the Clouds,” Our Father’s House, or the Unwritten Word, 1869 –

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Without clouds, sunrises aren’t nearly so dramatic!

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
– G.K. Chesterton –

What common phrases do you think of when you hear the word ‘Half’?

This weeks WordPress Photo Challenge is Half-Light.

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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

NASA can explain the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse much better than I can – but I took the photos to show the Moon changing! (Location: near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.)

The Car Guy had been talking about this event for days, so he was quite disappointed when the clouds covered the beginning of the eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Fortunately, the clouds parted shortly after 9 PM!

lunar eclipse calgaryLunar Eclipse at 9:14 PM – A Blood Moon

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lunar eclipse calgaryAfter the Eclipse – the moon at 6:17 AM on Monday, September 28

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is: Change

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Ghosting Orb – A Rainbow Lens Flare

In this sunrise photo, a small rainbow like orb popped up below and left of the sun. It was caused by lens flare. The light source, the sun, was much brighter than the rest of the scene and this caused reflections inside the camera. This particular lens flare is called a ‘Ghosting Orb’.

Though a rainbow is actually a continuous spectrum of colours, we see seven of them: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The  mnemonic, Richard Of York Gave Battle In VainROYGBIV – might help some people remember the order of these colours…

At this point, I usually insert a funny quote or pun about a rainbow. There doesn’t seem to be one – and I’ve already forgotten the mnemonic…

The border for this photo was done in GIMP.

To see how other photos from this WordPress Photo Challenge, click this link: Photo Challenge ROYGBIV

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What is a Blue Moon?

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.
-Tom Hanks-

Every two or three years, there are two full moons in one month. The second full moon is called a Blue Moon. A Blue Moon can also occur when the moon is the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. Confused? So am I.

The term  ‘blue moon’ has nothing to do with colour.  It is more likely that the word ‘blue’ actually came from the word belewe, which meant ‘to betray’.

Last night, according to the news, there was a Blue Moon.  It was still there this morning (only in a different location in the sky, of course.)  I took photos at 9:20 PM and 6:20 AM (9 hours apart) which means the moon had traveled 20592 miles (33147 km) while I had been mostly sleeping!

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Did you know: a day on the Moon is about 27.3 days long or maybe 29.5 days – I found several different numbers for this rotational period.  The Moon’s rotation and other complicated things explain why we always  see the same side of the Moon.

How often have you looked at the moon and were sure you could see a face? Oddly enough, I don’t see one in this photo, do you?

You moon the wrong person at an office party and suddenly you’re not ‘professional’ any more.
– Jeff Foxworthy –

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