Moonshadows & Nights in White Satin~

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(Please click to enlarge so you can view the mountains of the Moon).

Oh, I’m being followed by a moonshadow…leaping and hopping in a moonshadow~ Cat Stevens

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Nights in white satin,
Never reaching the end,
Beauty I’d always missed
With these eyes before,
Just what the truth is
I can’t say anymore ~ Moody Blues

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Three things cannot be hidden, the sun, the moon and the truth~ Buddha

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The sun, the moon, and the stars would have disappeared long ago…if they’d happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands~ Havelock Ellis

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The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is undiminished~ Deng Ming-Dao

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The moon is battered isn’t she, all those meteor impacts, but still she shines brightly on us, to keep our nights from drowning in the dark.

When my children were young this was their prayer every night:

I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me~ Irish children’s lullaby

May the light of the moon always brighten your darkest nights. It will. If you just look up.

Cheers to you.

182 thoughts on “Moonshadows & Nights in White Satin~

  1. amazing pix, Miss Cindy, as usually… I’ve been fascinated by space, in general and planets, in particular since my childhood…(I know the Moon is not a planet, but the Earth’s satellite!) I did touch moon rocks several times at JSC Houston, as I lived in Clear Lake, NASA area for 5 years… a very challenging and exciting experience, indeed! 🙂

    good night, have a sunny Friday like here and respectful regards, Mélanie – Toulouse, the European capital of space and aviation(Airbus city!)… 🙂

  2. Exceptional images and lovely quotes! I’m fascinated by the Moon 🙂
    The best views I have ever had were from Africa. Did you take the photos and where from?
    You are very very talented! luv xox

  3. These are beautiful photos, Cindy. It’s like looking through a telescope! And Cat Stevens and the Moody Blues are still two of my favorites. Still listen to them! All of the quotes are wonderful. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  4. What lens were you using to get such magnification? Obviously you must have had a tripod in action too. Cindy, you really captured such detail–almost as though we are looking through a telescope (as Linda also mentioned). Stunning and eerie and even inspirational.

    • Ohhhhh, these comments are so thougtful and appreciated! This is my hand-held sony hx300. It is capable of great moon shots when the moon is low in the sky. The only stabilization I used was reasting my head and shoulders against our house.

    • I can do these shots when the moon is low on the horizon and the sky is clear. It was done with my sony hx300 which has 50x optical zoom. I am so pleased that you liked the photos!!

  5. Hello Cindy!
    These are wonderful photos!
    They make me imagine where there jade rabbit might have built his white palace, under the single Acacia tree that grows on the moon. There it lives with the beautiful Goddess Chang’ Er.
    😀

    • They are so lucky to have the moon to themselves! I am sure you are right. They run to the dark side of the moon as it turns so no one sees them, and live on the border between light and dark. They fled to the moon because on earth no one would let a jade rabbit be with a beautiful goddess!!
      You seriously rock Hari~

  6. Remarkable, really great. Reminded me of standing out in a field in rural Michigan as a kid with my telescope. I’m curious, what is the far range of your zoo?. I’ve tried using a 200 mm, but it wasn’t long enough. Thanks. Ken

  7. Cindy, the shots of the moon are fantastic, and the quotes so appropriate! I have always been fascinated (and affected) by the moon, so I particularly love this post!

  8. I’m really in love with the moon, and one of my favourite songs to sing is “Silver” (music by C. Armstrong Jones and words by the poet Walter de la Mare).

    Slowly, silently, now the moon
    Walks the night in her silver shoon;
    This way, and that, she peers, and sees
    Silver fruit upon silver trees;
    One by one the casements catch
    Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
    Couched in his kennel, like a log,
    With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
    From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
    Of doves in silver feathered sleep
    A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
    With silver claws, and silver eye;
    And moveless fish in the water gleam,
    By silver reeds in a silver stream.

    • Maybe I might be a far descendant….I am a night owl after all! She was sad and quite dutiful and I am neither though! (Thank goodness!) If I were her I would stay with my love and let the sun shine all the time!!!! I’d tell my sisters to vacay and visit a nebula or something…..too much work for seven sisters every night!! lol and cheers to you~

  9. Amazing pictures Cindy… WOW… blows me away! I use to have all the Moody Blues albums, back in the day…LOL. Night’s in White Satin was one of my favorites! 😀 Have a happy holiday Cindy! I’ll try to get back to catch up over the holidays if I can.

  10. Beaten and battered, but pure in her essence, she rides high and proud in the night sky
    Be she full or a crescent, on the wax or the wane, she’s a beauty to hold in your eyes.

    Wonderful shots, Cindy. Happy Holidays !
    Paul

  11. Sun-moon-earth shine upon each other. I like seeing the new cresent moon reflecting the light back from the earth, which the earth reflected from the sun onto the mood.
    Oscar

  12. I won’t be seeing the moon for a while…our third winter snow storm (in less than 7 days) has just started. But last night I wish I had a telephoto lens… the moon could be seen shining through the cloud patch with a silver then pale pink corona. It was really beautiful.

    Love me a good moon shadow and moon dance! Cheers!

  13. Just lovely! In the city the moon can seem to be hidden, so high above the glow of the buildings and the noise of the streets, but you have reminded me how wonderful it is! I’ll remember what Buddha said and look out for it tonight! 🙂

    • Yes the light pollution from cities ruin star-gazing in general much of the time. But it is always worth it to look at the stars and the moon and this time of year is great for it in this hemisphere. Cheers to you and happy moon gazing!

      • Cindy, have you noted on other blogs that they’ve been singled out by wordpress for their excellence, doing something unusual. The blogger will post whatever the trophy is. It’s a huge honor when you consider how many blog are out there. There is a key on the left side of your page. I think it says trophies or something like that. You should find your notice there. I don’t remember the date of the wordpress message that I read.

      • Huh? News to me and I never noticed this…..I will see if I can find it and how kind of you to notice for me. I think this is just the sort of person you are! Thank you~

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