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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change – Th’ Inconstant Moon

Blood Moon Spiral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change – Th’ Inconstant Moon

One of my favourite lines from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is “O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circle orb.”. It has always reminded me of the child that Juliet was, her innocence and wonder in this heavenly orb that appears to change as if by magic. It unnerves and mystifies her, yet she clearly finds it most beguiling. Science has shown us that, in fact, astronomical bodies are mostly consistent and predictable. We can even predict the future changes within our own solar system and beyond. It is thanks to science that I was able to watch and photograph the magical changes of Monday morning’s lunar eclipse that rendered our moon blood-red for a time. Change is a constant in nature and life. It can be frightening when it’s not understood and liberating when it’s embraced.

I also want to say a huge THANK YOU to my beloved hubby, Simon, who sat out on a cold and misty hillside all through the night to keep me company and help me with my gear so that I could achieve a dream and create this eclipse sequence to share with you all! A romantic gesture that even Shakespeare could not have imagined. So as the date changes from the 29th to the 30th, I want to wish him a Magical Birthday. Love him to the moon, and back again 🙂

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Ashen Glow

Ashen Glow

Ashen Glow, or Earthshine, is the term for the reflected earthlight visible on the Moon’s night side. You can see it best when there’s a lovely crescent moon shortly after the New Moon, as we all saw this evening. Ashen Glow has inspired poetry and art from me for many years. Such ethereal beauty 🙂

In this montage I’ve used two different exposures to show you both the earthshine moon and the crescent itself in more detail.

I took the photos on Sony DSLR with tripod at 300mm f5.6. Looking forward to when we have some attachments for Simon’s telescope and maybe I can bring you a bit more detail on my moon photos. You can see some more on my Facebook page (link through image)

Jupiter and all four of her moons are visible at the moment for anyone else out there who’d like to join their love of photography with a bit of astronomy!