My ways and By-ways – Supermoon over Slawit

The moon. Beautiful, mysterious. Our constant companion in the universe, showing us the same face always. It is our nearest cosmic neighbour, at an average of around 290,000 miles away.

dscf4408
Taken a couple of years ago at about 4.30pm

Earth’s nameless, almost timeless moon, its three phases The Maiden, The Mother, The Crone hearkening back to Pagan times. Many other cultures have revered the moon. To ancient Greeks she is the triple-headed goddess Hecate, among others. The Romans knew her as Luna, Mani to the Norse, while she is Arianrhod in Welsh mythology. She is the inspiration of and has the responsibility for poets and songwriters, tides, sowing of seeds, cleansing of crystals, the cycle of life, baying of hounds, transformation of werewolves; her silver cloak interwoven with both reality and myth.

She casts her chilly glare over television too: Space 1999 had Moonbase Alpha, Star Trek and various old sci-fi series, The Clangers in the 70’s, Button Moon in the 80’s.

She and I are old friends, our paths, if not our destinies, intermingling. My life seems synchronous with the moon: I was conceived during the week of the first landing, born on the day the failed Apollo 13 Lunar Module was scheduled to touch down, but didn’t. It is also my daughter’s middle name. The moon has been there for me, keeping a crater-eye open, determining whether my month will be a sea of tranquility or an ocean of storms.

Last night there was a supermoon, an occasional event when my friend swells to 30% in size and magnitude. Just over a year ago, the event coincided with a visit to a terminally ill relative, and resulted in some poor photos. A few weeks ago we had another, but with zero visability. During yesterday evening, the grey mizzle of Northern England in December saw me heading off to bed disappointed. When I got up this morning I peeped out of my curtains. To the west, opaque and swollen with her own self-importance hung the supermoon. I dashed to my doorway with the camera. Slightly later, on my way to work, I took more pictures.

But that wasn’t quite it. This evening, while typing this, the moon slid up the eastern sky, rusty with dust and still fat, like a blob of delicious cream cheese. Here are some pictures, I’m quite pleased with them given my lack of professional equipment.

dscf6161
Mirroring itself in Hilltop Reservoir, Slaithwaite at 6.30 this morning
dscf6162
Ethereal and mystic on my Finepix compact
dscf6164
Lantern-like reflection in Slawit res
dscf6166
I was trying to create something atmospheric
dscf6167
Blazing a trail of silver
dscf6173
This evening, rising behind my neighbours’ cottage, I watched its progression round the tin chimney
dscf6177
Wisps of cloud start adding something atmospheric
dscf6178
Looming large through my Fujifilm Finepix SL
dscf6179
Whoa, that looks a bit spooky

And below are a couple of pictures taken from the doorway at 5 this morning. On one you can see lines radiating from impact craters. Never seen nowt like it through my viewfinder before! Awesome!

dscf4113

dscf4111

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s