A shrouded moon over MtLawleyShire

Enclouded even in the late afternoon, the moon tonight, three quarters full, was not to be swallowed entirely

 

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The early evening merely pulled in more cloud:

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from a distance, she dominates the sky:

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and almost clear in the early evening, she gleams;

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only to be almost swallowed by cloud in the next moment:

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then the glorious light from departing day gilded her face through the light cloud:

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and as light departed, despite the cloud, she gleamed stronger.  Here she is almost clear of cloud:

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But it didn’t last, though the cloud made a lovely halo

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and this last one – almost clear in her proper dark – tonight’s beautiful moon

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Happy New Year from MtLawleyShire

I’ve been fairly light on blogging the past year.  I hope to be more active this year.

Happy New Year friends

and here, my first photo for the year: is the moon which I watched rise in the eastern sky tonight – waning and with small attendant just visible:

 

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May it be a wonderful year in photos and life, for all.

🙂

 

 

Sky calligraphy and the moon over MtLawleyShire

Another night in mid December was another wonderful example of moon-enclouded.  The sky calligraphy looked too sparse to have an effect, though it was lovely:

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to the west, the calligraphy was sunset stained:

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the eastern skies were clear

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but the sky calligraphy reached out

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almost snared:

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She escaped and began to take on a little colour from the dying day

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moving through wisps of calligraphy stained with the ink of dying sunset:

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then in the clearing sky, her colour deepened:

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golden moon:

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becoming silver:

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a last ink-stained swirl of sky calligraphy

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and as sky darkens and deepens, she shines:

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silvered light:

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and in her proper dark, in the clear sky, tonight’s beautiful moon:

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In MtLawleyShire – Last Night, the Moon

Last night was a beautiful half moon and she sailed through an evening scribbled over with sky calligraphy:

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Moving through the spine of a calligraphied skeleton sprawled across the sky:

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Momentarily in clear sky, the late afternoon moon:

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Approaching soft swathes of cloud:

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Sailing clear of a soft clump, pursued by delicate smudges:

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Almost clear, but not quite: early evening moon:

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Moving through more swathes and curls of calligraphy:

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An almost clear patch of sky where the evening moon takes on more of fading day’s light:

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Drifting ends of calligraphy fail to dim her:

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almost clear and brightening in the darkening sky:

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Sky clear, darkening and she takes the sunset’s colour:

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Then sky calligraphy blazed across the sky, entrapping her:

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Deep pink wash over coming night:

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All light faded, she illuminates the calligraphy as a pale mist:

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But finally clear – gleaming and wondrous in her proper dark:

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MtLawleyShire witnesses Sunset at the Beach

It’s a rare thing to venture so far from my environs at sunset time in the middle of the week – and to the edge of teh world?  The beach?  Well, the occasion was lovely and the opportunity not to be missed.  But a sunset out of MtLawleyShire!  An ‘un-urban’ sunset!  How would I cope? 😀

The afternoon moon smiled down as we made our way to one of Perth’s most loved beaches: Cottesloe.

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After drinks and chat, it was time for sunset.  Elsewhere in the city, further south, there were storms.  They hadn’t happened here yet and I was sure sunset would be naught but glare.  How wrong I was.  There is something sublime watching the sun set, unhindered by the silhouettes or an urban environment, though even here, human-made silhouettes are present: the ships in Gage Roads, waiting to get into Fremantle Harbour.  And I loved the light play of cloud strips:

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These are a little out of sequence, but I loved using the Norfolk pines that grace the suburban beaches:

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The moon was gilded by the golden light spilling across the ocean

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And the sun sank towards someone else’s dawn:

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I caught a seagull 🙂

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And as the sun is pulled further below the horizon, the red glow of its farewell spreads:

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In the darkening sky, the moon comes into her own:

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But all the drama is far to the west:

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Almost fully dark and the moon takes on the uncompromising white and black – no shades of grey or gold:

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But the western sky flames:

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In the eastern skies, there is the serenity of uncomplicated white in black:

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and in the west, finally, the light softens and calms with the last shades of farewell from day:

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A last view from a hotel window:

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and there is nothing left in the night but the quite beautiful moon:

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I hope you enjoyed my excursion to the edge of the world 🙂

 

Moon over MtLawleyShire

Clear skies, hot weather coming – perfect for moon shots:

the afternoon moon, pale in the bright empty sky

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then as the sun sank below the trees and houses, the sky lost the brilliance:

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Sunset was mostly glare but left a lovely glow:

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and in the moon’s side of the sky, she began to shine:

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the glow faded, pulled down to become someone else’s dawn:

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the sky darkened further:

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the fading glow and serenity in the east as light leaves the sky

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so, finally, in her proper dark, tonight’s beautiful moon.

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🙂

New Moon over MtLawleyShire

Barely a smear of sunset, yes, but the clear sky had the beauty of the new moon:

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There is a small plane in this:

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I love the gradation of the colours:

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She isn’t very clear, but I love the flow of light to dark:

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Her changing brightness in the darkening sky:

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till finally, still gilded by sunset’s glow, she shines in the darkened sky

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It is a mostly clear sky again tonight – so if there is merely sunset glare, then there will be the beauty of the young moon 🙂