Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Moon over Michigan


Did you go outside to see the moon last night?  In my part of the world we had a “super moon” which is when the moon’s orbital path is as close to the earth as possible at a time that coincides with it being full.  That makes it appears to us earthlings as being bigger than normal.

Well of course Katie and I had to see that!  The TV weather guy said it would be up at 8:07.  We went out at 8:10…nothing…and it wasn’t till after 9:30 that we finally saw the moon hanging in the trees across the street.

Sure it looked pretty.  And maybe bigger.  But I remember a time in the early 80’s, when I lived in Houghton in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, when the full moon rose over the mountain and was so big that I ran back inside the house, grabbed my camera, and drove a mile up the mountain to an overlook in order to see it better.  That moon was HUGE; it filled the sky just like in the movies.   It was incredible.   And of course it didn’t look like anything special in the photos I got back from the film processor later in the week.

I guess sometimes special things just can’t be kept anywhere but in our own memories.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

12 thoughts on “Moon over Michigan

  1. We saw it too, it looked brighter, but not really ‘super’.


  2. Jeff made me get out of bed at 6am this morning so I wouldn’t miss the moon.

    It sure was bright, but, like you, I thought it seemed the same size as usual. Not sure it was worth getting out of bed for!


  3. Lucky you!!!
    The moon does look very good and bright.


  4. It was pretty though even though it wasn’t HUGE…probably would have been if I had been able to see it right on the horizon. But I’m with Jeff, you’ve GOT to get up and see things like this that only happen once in awhile. I figure next time it happens I’ll be too old to crawl out of bed! 🙂


  5. No moon for us last night. We had bad thunderstorms.


  6. Last night was fairly clear Up North, and Babs Young lives on Torch Lake. She captured a very nice moonrise indeed, and sent me a picture that will go up on Torch Lake Views this evening. This morning I was up good and early to run down to the Bay for the moonset. I have been waiting for a year for this opportunity. Ha. Heavy cloud cover. Nuts. I have a picture of a dead clam.

    I’m glad you got to see the perigee moon. I like things like that. I even like them at second hand.


  7. Your moon is still beautiful, Dawn, even though not as spectacular as the one in your memories. I went chasing after the moon last night, too. It looked so beautiful as it rose big and fiery orange next to a local barn, but none of the pictures turned out to my satisfaction, darn it. May publish one if I get courageous. Your looks nice and clean and has crisp edges. That’s spectacular enough! 🙂


  8. I noticed the moon was quite big and very bright when I went to bed last night!

    Today is the first day of Spring – finally!!! And I have daffodils blooming in the front garden.


  9. We went out – but it really didn’t look that much bigger. After all the build up – we were disappointed. But at least is the first day of spring and we got my raised garden bed finished – I even have some plants in it already


  10. I am so ticked at Mother Nature. Rain. Clouds. No moon. I love the moon. My parents did get a beautiful look at the moon off their patio in New Mexico. . .they said it was really awesome.

    Happy Spring from raining, thundering, lightening Chicago.


  11. Oh you guys. You make me smile. And Gerry, you make me laugh out loud! 🙂


  12. The optical illusion of the giant moon on the horizon still gets me every time, and it always still looks like a tiny point of light “on film,” digital or otherwise. Sigh. You’re right, more beautiful in the mind’s eye!


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