Did You See the Moon Last Night?

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!

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  1. It was cloudy up here, near the big lake, last night, but the 11pm news anchors on 13WHAM TV mentioned it, and said it’s called a “Wolf Moon”. Wish I’d seen it, but did experience the biting cold as we hauled musical instruments and equipment into, and out of, a Rochester community center where one of Cy’s bands had a gig. The snow actually squeaked and crunched underfoot as we trekked across the parking lot and down the street.

  2. Great pictures! Jeff and I had the munchies last night and made a midnight run to Weggies. When I started the Jeep the thermometer said 0. I shivered all the way to the store, even with my seat warmer on. Of course I was wearing a t-shirt over a turtleneck with a sweatshirt over top that. I did put on my winter boots though. My jeans weren’t really cutting it. A pair of thermals would have been nice. It was BITTER!

  3. Beautiful photos.

    I was out watching Shakespeare in the Park that night and the moon was as large and glorious down here as it was for you on the other side of the world.

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