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Ring Around The Moon

Ring Around The Moon

Ring Around The Moon

A moon halo or rainbow is caused by the refraction of light, reflected by the moon, upon ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. I rather enjoyed seeing this soft and slightly broken glow in the high cloud, passing across the face of the moon, on Thursday last week and thought it would make a good entry for the Wex Mondays challenge.

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Kos Town

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

When this week’s challenge came up I realised that I don’t really do a lot of outdoor, night-time photography unless it involves the moon! I think I will try to use the coming months to add some interesting night scenes to my portfolio. With London only a short train ride away it’s almost unbelievable that I haven’t photographed the city at night before!

The photos I’m sharing with you today are all from the Greek Island, Kos. Kos Town is full of wonderful structures that allude to the history of Turkish rule as well as the fortifications from the Knights of St John. I love the strong brickwork alongside the intricate detailing of the minaret on the Muslim Shrine Ntefterntar, which is lit so beautifully at night and complimented by the crescent moon.

All my images today have been edited using Lightroom and Nik Software to add some extra atmosphere. My last image is of Kastri Island in The Gulf of Kefalos, created using four stacked exposures and a bit of light leakage. This is the beautiful island where Simon and I will be getting married next year and if you look closely you can see the lit chapel of Agios Nikolaos, in front of which our ceremony will take place. Perfection!

Kastri Isalnd at Night

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Blue Monday: Twilight Supermoon

Twilight Supermoon

Blue Monday: Twilight Supermoon

As the sun set yesterday, the supermoon rose over the ruins of Newark Priory. I had to wait for the moon to clear the low cloud and for a while I did worry if I’d actually get a photo at all!

I want to dedicate this one to my parents, who’s Wedding Anniversary is today! Much love to you both and I hope you enjoyed watching the supermoon rise over the hills in Devon last night 🙂

I just love the deep blue tones in a twilight sky! They often call it “the magic hour” and I certainly spent a magical hour watching the moon rise as the skies darkened last night.

 

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Travel Theme: Round

Travel Theme: Round

Travel Theme: Round

Luna

Round and round she goes
Chasing the light and hiding
In the Earth’s shadow

Tugging on my soul
Rising and falling tides of
Absurd emotions

Her luminous gaze
Highlighting our own paltry
Insignificance

This pockmarked visage
Bearing witness in silent
Certain vigilance

For in her absence
Life is an insubstantial
Myth or faerie tale

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Travel theme: Romance

Travel theme: Romance

Travel theme: Romance

Confession time!!! In 2012, on our first holiday to Kos, Simon took me for a wonderfully romantic, moonlit dinner on the harbour front in Kardamena.

However, the photographer in me interrupted our meal before it was half-way through, grabbed her kit and tripod and dashed over the road deserting her long-suffering partner!

So, shamed as I am, I did get this rather lovely shot of the golden moon rising above the bay, it’s reflections mingling with those of a night-fishing boat.

I dedicate this one to you, my darling Simon. Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

This week’s challenge theme prompted me to revisit a piece I started working on a couple of years ago. I had put it aside about a year ago as I felt I was starting to overwork it.

When I opened it up again in Photoshop I could clearly see that I’d overcomplicated the composition with far too many unnecessary elements. Sometimes less is more! I wanted to leave an air of mystery to the piece.

I really enjoy creating portrait montages with a surreal/fantasy undertone. I have a series of self portraits that I call Dreamscapes and this is number five in the series “Moonstruck”.

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Moonlight Shadow

Moonlight Shadow

Daily Prompt: Weaving the Threads

Draft a post with three parts, each unrelated to the other, but create a common thread between them by including the same item — an object, a symbol, a place — in each part.

Photographers, show us SHARING.

Today, following The Daily Prompt, I’ve created a photomontage for you that shares elements of superstition and symbolism.

There are three different photographs of mine included. My photo of the day, Pixel sat on the windowsill. Black cats are symbols of good luck, bad luck, magic and many other superstitions, depending on where you are in the world.

The moon is a symbol of magic also. It was once worshipped as a god or goddess and is often linked to the feminine. Of course it is also symbolic of insanity and of transformation.

Butterflies are symbolic of the soul, transformation and love. They can be seen as omens of both good and bad luck, again depending on where you live in the world.

So there you have it, three seemingly unrelated images, connected by shared symbolism to create a whole!