Monday, October 13, 2008

Dusty Full Moon Tonight

As I looked out the back door today I realized how dry and bedraggled my poor garden looks. I realize it is autumn but it is usually our wet time here. I am not usually out there watering up a storm to keep things looking healthy. The Virginia Creeper going up the maple tree is turning red and flinging its leaves off as it tries to deal with the drought conditions. This evening when I went outside with Luna for the last time I was slapped in the face with dust. The air is permeated with dust. Even though the photo below is blurry the moon as it was rising did appear to have a ring of dust around it. I couldn't get enough light to capture the silouettes as I saw them so...
I got the scope and tripod out to try to capture the clouds that are floating around near the moon.
As it is I just can't get a satisfying photo. I can't hardly stand to stay inside tonight. The moon keeps drawing me out. This Harvest or Water Lily Moon, what ever you want to call it is beautiful. I hope you all can see it.

29 comments:

cyndy said...

stunning photographs of the moon....you have motivated me to get up and go outside to have a look and feel the night!

thanks! it is a beautiful harvest moon O

Mother Nature's Garden said...

I love the beautiful arbor.

Teri C said...

Wow, it is beautiful and I need to go out and look at ours.

I wish I had some of those red leaves. We don't get colors like we do up north-way up north :)

Gail said...

Lisa, Fantastic moon shots! I am so very impressed with your skills.

I am wishing you rain! I totally get how you feel...the dust the leaves falling. May the rains be with you soon!
Gail

lola said...

Great shots of the moon. I love that arbor. What are you using for the eyes on your stump ornament? That is a great idea for a stump. The hair is neat too.

SandyCarlson said...

That moon is stunning, Lisa. Our weather is interesting and surprising--perhaps portentious.

nancybond said...

I watched the moon rise this evening. It was so bright while we were driving home from my parents that it was almost distracting. It's been particularly beautiful this month...and like you, I can't stop looking at it. Nice shots!

nancybond said...

I also meant to say -- speaking of Virginia Creeper -- I saw some today that had grown up a neighbor's clothesline pole and had wound its flame red tendrils around 20 feet of the clothesline itself. Talk about pretty laundry. :)

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

I went outside earlier tonight and was so caught by that beautiful moon, too. I hurried to get my camera but my photos were awful. Here I am coming by to visit you and your photos (of the very same moon I couldn't take my eyes off of earlier)are quite beautiful. I have no idea what setting to put my camera on to get even a slightly decent photo of that magnificent, brightly shining orb of the night.

But you know what strikes me soberly about all of this??? You are over a thousand miles and several states away and we were captured by the very same thing tonight. I'm convinced gardeners are connected to each other in some sort of cosmic way. Thanks for this post, Lisa.
Meems

kate smudges said...

I love the colours of the Virginia Creeper leaves. Beautiful! Your moon shots are gorgeous. I like the name, 'Water Lily Moon'.

Hope you get some rain - just not snow!!!

Cheryl said...

Oh I can see it Lisa....I love the moon and your photographs are wonderful.........when we can see the moon clearly Mr.P and I always stand on the landing in our old house, open the window and look at her together.......she has us both under her spell......

and by the way your garden looks beautiful...yes I know it is so dry but it looks so warm and inviting......

Jayne said...

Oh, I love that photo of the moon with the clouds Lisa! Go you!

shirl said...

Oh Lisa... great moon shot :-D

I saw the moon looking bright and beautiful last night too although I never thought to get my camera! I was too busy moving the one that was following the hedgehog :-D

Wishing you some rain sometime soon :-D

Roses and Lilacs said...

Wow, what great photos!
Isn't this the hunter's moon and the harvest moon is nearest the equinox? I could be wrong;)

Driving to work clouds were drifting across the moon. I wanted to stop and park and just gaze at it. Of course I would have been killed out there on the bypass;)
Marnie

Mike - Fenphotography said...

The last shot looks great Lisa, nice one.

Naturegirl said...

Lisa we are birds of a feather! I love your moon shots and you know what I too was out last night trying to capture the moon with my tripod..havn't downloaded as yet but hope they turned out as perfect as yours! hugs

Frances said...

Hi Lisa, you did a fantastic job catching the beauty of the moon. I love your arbor too, even with no plants on it. The creeper in the background highlights them both so well. I went out with the camera this morning, we get up so early it is still the middle of the night to some folks. I haven't checked my shots yet but know they will be nothing like you last one! Holding still is key? Or is there a special setting? Will you tell your secret of success? ;->
Frances
http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

Frances, said...

I forgot to mention that my url has changed from blogspot to wordpress. When you have the time to change it in your sidebar it would be much appreciated. thanks
Frances

Layanee said...

You've done well with the moon photo. I really must give it a try. Laziness prevents me but you are inspiring me to shoot the moon!

Deb said...

Your photos are amazing Lisa!!
Thank you for all your kind comments regarding our sweet Ben. Give Luna a big hug from me please.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Your pictures are fantastic!
I know this moon as the Full Hunter Moon. I do think Full Water Lily is lovely too.
It is cloudy and misty so I will not be able to get pictures. Thank you for posting...
Beautiful.
Hope you have rain soon.
Sherry

EAL said...

There is a club here that takes amazing pictures of the moon, stars and planets. Your moon shots are way cool and the arbor is classic.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am glad you all enjoyed the moon shots and the arbor. I couldn't resist trying for a few photos of the moon.

Lola, I used a bowling ball cut in half for the eyes of Lincoln (stump art).

Meems, I have often thought about how we gardeners love nature and are always looking at the same moon and stars. It is a joy to know we are all connected in that way.

Frances, that last photo is taken through our spotting scope. You get the moon situated in the view, make sure it is in focus, put your camera up to the eye piece, focus and shoot. If you have a telescope give it a try.

Frances, sorry I haven't changed your url on my sidebar. I will do so immediately. I am obviously not a good bookkeeper. ;)

Sherry, glad to know it is the Hunter Moon. I should know better than to name it before checking an authority. Oh well, the name doesn't decrease its beauty in any way.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I don't get why the rain is avoiding your area. We keep getting regular rains. (Sorry!) I wish my Virginia Creeper would turn red. Your' makes a great focal point through the arbor.

Annie in Austin said...

You're not satisfied with these photos, Lisa? Most of us would jump for joy at such images from our cameras!

I couldn't even see the full Hunter's moon last night because it was finally misty and drizzly instead of dusty. I hope you get some needed rain, too.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

RuthieJ said...

Those moon pictures are great Lisa.

I'm surprised with all the rains you had last summer that it's too dry again.... Is it still fairly hot too?

Kylee said...

WOW WOW WOW!! Fabulous moon photos! How did you do that??

Susie Vereker said...

Oh wow! Brilliant photos.

Pam/Digging said...

Yep, that's the beautiful moon I saw a few days ago too. I'm so glad you were out enjoying it as well.