Oh-my-GOODNESS! What an amazing moon!! Perhaps it wasn’t so much that the moon was*so* amazing. It might have been the bone-chilling air that made it stand out even more. You know, the kind of cold that if you breathe deeply, you can actually make your nostrils close and stick together?
I am so thankful for the Jotul woodstove when the temperature plunges from cold to “frigid”! I don’t mind going out into the cold so long as I have the proper attire, but it is always such a treat to walk into the house and feel any chill just fall away as the warm air wraps around you like a blanket. That’s it, you know….a furnace might heat the house, but as the temperature begins to fall before the next cycle kicks the furnace back on, you can actually feel chilled! Not here. The Jotul really is like a blanket. There are no “dead spots”. No cold corners. Everything is just…warm!
Jotul should pay me, you realize.
So, back to the moon.
Mark was busy last night, and I had to help him from time to time. So, in between, I would sneak out onto the back deck, Nikon mounted to my Manfrotto monopod. This is what I got.
That last photo was a *very* long exposure! I had kind of secured my body and the monopod to a vertical post on the deck, hoping that “we” would not shiver too much and cause the camera to shake!
Now, earlier in the evening, just before the sun totally disapeared behind the hills to our west, the skies put on a nice exhibit of color…..breathtaking sunsets are really at a premium here in the woods, due to all the trees!
This morning, as I am writing this, I looked out the bedroom window, and that gorgeous moon was playing peekaboo in the western sky!
As I opened the window to take that one last photo, the sky was suddenly filled with yellow plumage, as a flock of Goldfinches spooked and took off in unison. In the distance, the drone of snow-making hydrants filled the frigid air. The blast was pretty shocking, but not to fear. The Jotul *does* have it covered, after all!