In common with thousands of people the world over (and most of them members of Flickr it seems) last night at sunset found me scanning the horizon for the “super moon”. Having seen some spectacular moons here I was expecting something really stunning as I paced the shoreline, and poked about a bit in rock pools to pass the time. A random, wet dog befriended me for a while, and I watched a couple of guys messing about in the ocean, one with a boogie board and the other with a surf board and a paddle. It all seemed a bit chilly to me. I thought of jogging a bit, like other folk on the beach, the moon seemed to be a bit on the late side.
When I spotted it I realized it had had to rise out of some cloud cover on the horizon, and it was already a pale, scarlet orb, hanging on the skyline. It was pretty. I’ve never seen the moon just that color before, and the setting was magical, over the steely ocean and the gentle waves running at the shore, but it wasn’t nearly as huge as I’d expected. I’ve seen the moon here on occasion rise over a mountain as if it was bearing down on planet earth, and once I saw it immense and pure silver, casting a path almost to my doorstep. So this one was, on my scale, not so impressive, but, then again, not so bad for not so impressive is it!
Not great photos I know. No excuses, my stupidity. But a nice memory anyway…..and the very best thing is that I only had to walk for two minutes to get to the beach :=)