Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Oh! The Moon Shines Bright and Dydd Santes Dwynwen

Hello Friends ~~~

Today, January 25th, is known in Wales as Dydd Santes Dwynwen. I have written about her story many times, so today I will share the link back to last year's writings, which you can find here, should you wish to learn about her and read her story.

Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus

I was so distracted earlier in January that I forgot to share some pictures of the full Wolf Moon ~~~

Now, forgive my confusion, for I am begining to think that every other moon is a so~called Supermoon, but when November's and December's supermoons both failed to impress, no one was more surprised than me to see how boldly beautiful and big the January full moon was ~~~


On the evening of the full moon, I was taking my rubbish bins to the bottom of the drive {such a romantic and magical task that it is} and I had already noticed the special, pale light of the early evening.  We are a month on from the Winter Solstice, and the days are getting noticeably longer now, so it was no suprise that the evening seemed lighter ~~~ until I turned around to come back up the drive and saw this ~~~


a beautiful, buttery golden, full moon sitting in a darkening evening sky ~~~ it was so golden, so buttery, so creamy yellow, and just sitting in the branches of the trees on so perfectly clear an evening it gave me goosebumps ~~~ I ran quickly back to the cottage and grabbed my camera, for these scenes are wont to change in moments ~~~ she was already drifting slowly across the darkening sky ~~~


For the rest of that evening, she glid slowly and elegantly across the sky, sailing ever higher and higher, moving through the night from the twilight hours in the north east to the late evening in the south, eventually to rest in the wee small hours in the west ~~~ she was a joy to behold indeed ~~~


In future, the guideline I shall use to determine how 'super' the moon is, will be how full she fits inside the view finder of my camera! When she fills the frame and spills beyond, then that shall be my supermoon definition!

The following evening, the winds did blow and clouds scudded, dark and menacing across the sky ~~~


The winds were fierce and I could scarce stand up to take my photographs. I braced myself against the cottage to steady myself.  This night, the moon rose steadily, oblivious of the difficulties I encountered, and shone through the bare branches of trees clad in nothing more than winter nakedness ~~~ it was too cold to hang around and wait for her to move into the cloudy skies so I used this to my advantage with some arty shots instead ~~~




Remember, Dear Friends, next time you look up at the night sky and see the moon glowing back at you that we all look at the same moon as she shines on us all.

I think I like the bottom one the best. The edges of the moon are slightly blurred into the branches, and there is ever so slightly a hint of the tree behind, in the darkness.  Which is your favourite, if any?

Until next time ~~~
~~~Deborah xo

20 comments:

  1. I too find the moon fascinating. You have taken some really good photographs, but my favourite is the close up of number four.

    Joan (Wales)

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    1. Thank you, when the sky is clear the moon is always beautiful. Yes, number four does show up the detail quite well.

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  2. I have always loved the moon. It is a delight to walk at night by the light of the moon and see my shadow. And to see the moon from Wales as I did in these pictures is a special thrill. My Grandpa Griffiths was from Wales and someday I hope to see the land of my ancestors. These are excellent photographs and my favorite is the first one because I feel as though I could step right out of the photo onto her surface. Judy from USA

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    1. Thank you. I knew a lady whose forebear Griffith J. Griffith emigrated to America and the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles was built on land he donated to the city. Wouldn't it be spooky if he was your Grandpa Griffiths!

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  3. Deb, I must take lessons from you! Your moon photos are just the most magical I've seen. There is no way to pick a favorite, my friend! I do adore seeing the moon up close with its craters and lights that appear on the surface. And the branches all tangled upon the brightness is lovely. It's a wonderful thought as we gaze at the moon that we all enjoy the heavenly body before us. You have written about the moon so lovely to match your beautiful photographs. Enjoy a lovely evening, my friend. xoxo ♥

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    1. Thank you my friend! It's nothing more than peristence and a good lens. That's all, I just point and shoot and hope for the best. xoxo

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  4. Absolutely loved this blog entry, Deb. Such enchantment I always feel when gazing at the moon, and this one was special here, too. My favorite is the middle one of the 3 bottom ones! I think I like the "brambles" for lack of better term that twist across the moon's face. I don't know exactly why. They all are wonderful, and these with the branches just exude such a magical feel. I have the sense they are wrapped in a kind of fairy lace! Your photography is outstanding. Thank you for sharing this. Such good timing, as I returned from the doctor's with Gene today, and just soothing my mind! Love to you and Mum. Hope all is well. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jane ~ no, not brambles but they could be. They are the bare branches of some very whippy trees. Fairy lace is a good description! It is all very ethereal, but then so is everything else here.
      ~~~Deb xoxo

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful photos, my friend. It is hard to pick a favorite. So let me tell you what I "see" about each of them.

    I think in the first one, the light is what stands out to me. And it reminds me of a ripe melon.

    The second one is whimsical as it seems the branch is holding up the moon. But it is also just a bit scary.

    The third one, to me, looks like the moon is a puff of smoke that just came out of the chimney.

    In the fourth one, the craters stand out. And it seems more "somber" than the first.

    I think the fifth one is my favorite. The inky black sky, the clouds against the moon. The colors...magnificent.

    Six, seven and eight are taken from a hobbit's house. Magical, mystical.

    Fabulous job, my friend!
    Darlene

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    1. Thank you Dearest Friend! I love your descriptions, they are perfect, and yes ~ a Hobbit house! So happy you enjoyed them.
      ~~~Deb xoxo

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  6. Amazing photos - I tried to get some, but mine don't come close! What lens do you use? I might have to get one.

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    1. Thank you. Er, pass? No idea what lens I use. It is a Lumix that came on my camera which is a Panasonic DMC~FZ45. My older Panasonic, more a point and shoot, also has a Lumix lens which is very good.

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    2. I've always used my Lumix FZ72 for moon shots too and it has better results than the more expensive camera s that we have

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  7. I noticed this too but we were driving along in the car so I couldn't take a photograph. I did comment on how I thought it was more super than the previous super moon

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    1. Funny thing, that, isn't it? Glad it wasn't just my imagination.

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  8. I am absolutely enchanted by the moon and loved looking at your photos. I would frame a couple, if it were me. You will probably not remember, but I once told you my ancestors came from Wales. I finally found the location ....Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire. Is that anywhere near you? Susan Morgon (from Facebook)

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    1. Hello Susan ~ yes, I do remember you telling me. Merthyr Tydfil is about 150 miles away, about three hours drive away, so you must have Welsh coal miners in your ancestry! A proud ancestry to have, indeed. Thank you for stopping by today. ~~~Deb

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    2. I believe the men who came here to Ohio, my grandmother's uncles, continued to mine. It's wonderful to uncover a bit of the past. How I would love to visit there someday! Wishes fir a great day to you there. Susan M

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  9. all your photos are beautiful...quite lovely! I've got Welsh coal miners in my Dad's family. They are also coal miners in the Appalachia.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, there are a few in America with Welsh forebears it seems.

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