I do most if not all of my walking in the woods by myself. I have always enjoyed the alone time immersed in nature. Most people wouldn’t want to hike with me anyways as I can spend 15 minutes in one spot looking at bugs or flowers or who knows what. At any rate one of the beauties of being alone and learning to walk quietly is represented by this picture. Once we saw each other we both froze. After several minutes I slowly approached a few steps at a time. Stop and wait, and then a few more over and over. I eventually was within 10 feet. I felt that was close enough as I didn’t want to ruin the experience for either of us so I backed out. Experiencing nature is truly at the core of our being and for me it gives a feeling of belonging to a much larger experience than just being human.
The best time to really look at the moon is when it is partially lit. Through a telescope or even binoculars. It’s much easier to see the layers of the surface. The place to look is at the median where the night and day meet. Here you can see the shadows cast by the craters against the moon floor. You then begin to realize all of those small Swiss Cheese like images are mountains and valleys created by asteroids over time.
I have had several comments on this shot. A lot of people see two hands reaching out to each other. I didn’t notice that originally but I definitely see it now. This shot was taken just minutes after moonrise. The picture below was about 15 minutes after moonrise. I had someone ask me why the color of the moon is so orange when it first comes up only to turn white as it gets higher in the sky. When you are looking at the moon as it first rises you are looking through layers of atmospheric conditions. Such as dust, air pollutions and smoke. These conditions absorb the blue light and transmit the red As the moon rises those elements have dissipated and you see the true color. You can see how within just minutes the color changes.