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.
March 20, 2011 at 7:50 am
We saw it too, it looked brighter, but not really ‘super’.
March 20, 2011 at 7:52 am
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!
March 20, 2011 at 8:01 am
The moon does look very good and bright.
March 20, 2011 at 8:17 am
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! 🙂
March 20, 2011 at 8:48 am
No moon for us last night. We had bad thunderstorms.
March 20, 2011 at 9:29 am
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.
March 20, 2011 at 10:16 am
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! 🙂
March 20, 2011 at 10:20 am
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.
March 20, 2011 at 10:48 am
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
March 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm
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.
March 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Oh you guys. You make me smile. And Gerry, you make me laugh out loud! 🙂
March 22, 2011 at 1:15 am
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!