Sunday, May 6, 2012

Moonrise Over Lake Moreau

So many happy coincidences occurred on Saturday night: the full moon rose just at perigee, creating a "super moon" bigger and brighter than any other moon this year; a cloudy day cleared  to a blue-sky evening perfect for viewing that moon; and to top it off, Moreau Lake State Park offered an evening paddle, allowing for unobstructed viewing of the moonrise from out on the lake.  Of course, I had to join in.  Here are some scenes from this wonderful evening.

 Paddlers set forth on a breezy lake, as the sky began to clear.

Mare's Tails soared across the sky, looking like angels' wings.

A happy group of paddlers made for a colorful parade.

Shorebirds sought an evening meal before settling in for the night.  I believe that this is a Lesser Yellowlegs, stopping off for a rest on its way to the Arctic.

 Another view of that shorebird.  We wondered if it might rather be a Solitary Sandpiper, but its legs are definitely yellow, not dark, as the sandpiper's would be.

As the sun sank behind the mountains, some clouds moved in to provide for a colorful sunset.

As the evening darkened, the breeze died down and all was still.  The "sleeping woman" profile of the mountains added to the quiet serenity of the moment.

As the sky grew ever darker, Venus revealed her lovely light high over the western mountains.

Before long, we began to see a light behind the hills to the east, and then, at last, a glowing orb appeared above the trees and cast its golden light upon the water.

Newspapers and websites will offer all kinds of perfect photos of this extraordinary moon.  My photo is far from perfect (shot in the dark from a rocking canoe), but I think it is beautiful anyway.


Anonymous said...

Heaven! Thank you.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Your photos are the MOST beautiful!! No doubt about it. Especially since we can be sure they are "what you saw."

*Not* to be too suspicious of some of the Full Moon pics I saw on the Net, but.....


Mmmmmmmmmm, seems as if some people did a lot of Photoshoping. Grrr... Those HUGE Moons! Come on!!!!

"The cottage garden;
most for use designed,
Yet not of beauty destitute

~Charlotte Smith

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

All your photos, from this marvelous evening......... -happy sigh- Breathtaking.

Again, thank you so much, for sharing them with us. I'll never have such an evening. Thank you sooooooo much, for sharing.

"The cottage garden;
most for use designed,
Yet not of beauty destitute

~Charlotte Smith

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

And thank YOU, Anon. and Auntie, for stopping by to leave your kind comments. It sure was a lovely evening, and I love knowing you come along with me through my blog.

hikeagiant2 said...

It was cloudy here until way late - thanks for taking us with you!