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A Monday meander: Super moons and frosty mornings

A veil of pine branches.

Ask the world to reveal its quietude —
not the silence of machines when they are still,
but the true quiet by which birdsongs,
trees, bellworts, snails, clouds, storms
become what they are, and are nothing else.

~ Wendell Berry

Nestled in the loblollies.

Did you have a chance to see the moon last night?  They say it was a Super Moon, but there are scientists (Neil deGrasse Tyson among them) who don’t get too super excited about a Super Moon because, they say, it isn’t that much bigger than a non-Super Moon.  (Tyson tweeted:  “If last month’s Full Moon were a 16.0 inch pizza, then this month’s “Super” Moon would be 16.1 inches. I’m just saying.” ~@neiltyson)

Rising above.

I think the moon is always beautiful, no matter the phase or how super it might be.  Last night’s moon was no exception.

Above the treeline.

December’s moon is known as the Cold Moon (Celtic), the Bitter Moon (Chinese), the Snow Moon (American Indian — Cherokee), and the Oak Moon (English Medieval).  I once spent a year naming the full moons for myself based on where I was in life (where I was living, what the weather was like, etc.).  It’s an interesting practice.  Have you ever tried it?

I think I would name this moon the Deer Moon after Little Doe and her twins.  Or maybe the Bare Tree Moon in honor of the trees who are now showing their skeletons.

Before the moon showed up, there was a sunset that shined some of its light on this oak leaf in the woods.

We were lucky last night.  After a mostly cloudy day, the sky cleared just before sunset.  I walked out to the dock to watch the sunset and found myself more captivated by the way the light was dancing across the forest floor than I was with the sky.

Looks almost lit from within by the light of the setting sun.

The Cold Moon did not arrive here on a particularly cold night.  It was a little chilly, but nothing like you might expect in December.  The temperature did eventually drop and we woke up to frost this morning.  It was not the first frost of the season.  Perhaps the fifth or sixth.  There was also a good deal of fogginess to go with the frost.  I love the combination of frost and fog.  There is something magical about it.

The Cold Moon this morning, when it was quite cold.

The morning fog softened the light of the moon just the slightest bit and created a lovely glow around it.  Sunrise painted the clouds to the east.  I’m not sure what you would call this color:

Beautiful.

Once again, I found my eyes drawn towards the ground to see the light playing on the leaves and grasses.

Morning light dancing on the ground.

I went out to the Point to watch the moon set.  Alas, heavy clouds had moved in and there was little to see.  The fog hid the horizon where water and sky meet, and they blended into each other.

Shades of blue.  (Can you see the island out there?)

After a little while, hints of land began to appear.  The familiar looks unfamiliar in the fog, and I wondered if new islands had washed in with the tide and mist.

Misty morning on Tangier Sound.

It was, of course, the same beach with the same islands, something that became more evident as the fog dissipated.  Not that I truly expected something different, but my imagination does like to play on foggy mornings.

On the beach at the Point.

Back at the ranch, I wandered through the frosty meadows…

Looks like the deer like the center of the path.

… arriving at the pond in time to see sunbeams shoot through the fog.

Lighting up.

There was so much magic to see this morning and I’d love to share it all, but I’ve taken up enough of your time with this long post.  Thank you so much for meandering with me today.  Sunset might be interesting this evening.  There is much needed rain on the way, but it’s not expected until tomorrow.  Today’s clouds ahead of it might help the sun put on a colorful show.  Let’s head to the Point and see what we can see.  Sunset is scheduled for 4:44 PM.  Even if the clouds gather too heavily for us to see the sunset, we’ll at least get in a walk on the beach and maybe see the Bald Eagles that like to hang out that way.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Frost rimed.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  456)  Skyping with the Little Wookie early this morning.  He is too cute for words.  457)  Little Wookie’s parents for all they do to keep us involved in their lives.  458)  Frosty, foggy mornings.  459)  The way the sunlight sparkles on the frost.  460)  Seeing Little Doe and her twins in the woods this morning.  It’s the first time I’ve seen them in the woods.  Usually they’re out strolling around the front yard and meadows.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

14 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Super moons and frosty mornings

  1. I’m totally going to start naming the months of my life the ____ moon. Good idea. Lovely photos, as always. I don’t know why I didn’t expect it, but the frost surprised me this morning. It makes everything pretty, except for the car window I have to scrape. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tara. 🙂 Naming the moons can be an interesting practice. It helped me learn more about the seasons, the way the seasons change throughout the months, and what was going on around me.

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  2. Enthralling Robin! It was a magic moon judging by the sheer beauty of all your images – here in London there was thick cloud til I woke at 2am to clear skies and a polished moon. Too snug to get up for my camera though

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    1. Thank you, Laura. 🙂 I have been known to get up at 2am to capture the moon, but only for an eclipse or because I couldn’t sleep. But if I’m snug and comfy? Forget it! 😀

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  3. The moon was stupendous last night. We had the same orange moon rise that you did, though we had a band of clouds at the beginning. I too looked out this morning and saw clouds obscure the moon setting, so I went back to bed. I was sort of pleased with that actually. 🙂

    Love the light playing with the oak leaves..and loved the frosty meadow as well. You’re right, it DOES look like a deer there in the path.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I’m glad you got to see and play with the moon, too.
      I was hoping to catch the moon setting this morning but we’re socked in with clouds again.

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  4. I went out briefly around 8:00 pm last night to see the big, bright moon, but I didn’t linger because the temperatures were heading downward to the low of 14 that I woke up to.
    What would I call that color? Stunning!

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  5. Robin – those pictures are all breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing your glorious walk with us. Makes me want to get up and greet the day properly! Lately, my sleep is so bad that I end up getting up super late in an attempt to catch up. Think next time I wake up at stupid o’clock, I shall meander with my camera and Zeke…

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  6. Such a lovely meander, Robin. I so enjoy your beautiful photos. I agree that fog and frost are magical. There is so much to love in nature. Sunlight, of course, makes it all possible, praise El Sol!

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  7. Lovely moon shots, but I love the first leaf capture best. And enjoyed reading your gratitude with 10,000 reasons to be happy. Little Wookie…how sweet!

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