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Poetry for the Moon

For me there’s nothing more captivating than the site of a bright full moon,  in late 2013 our skies were illuminated with a stunning Moon in the 3rd and Final Act of the much bigger and brighter moon otherwise known as a Supermoon , which occurs when it is closest to the earth during its elliptical orbit. If you didn’t get a chance to see this wondrous phenomenon due to the extremely cloudy conditions on that night…fear not, I managed to captured the event, but only briefly due to the impending storm. Now you may think why I’ve called this post  ‘Poetry for the Moon’ , well… I posted the above image on my Twitter account and it caught the eye of NASA Astronaut Douglas Wheelock who re-tweeted it to his followers.

Two of his followers Claire McCartney and Edit Koczó got inspired to respond with Poems they thought the image evoked…

Edit Koczó tweeted

The Moon, like a flower, In heavens high bower, With silent delight, Sits and smiles on the night.


Claire McCartney went to town with hers, the first one spanned over 2 tweets.

Many moons ago the dreams of lunatics became reality, Now all are infected not just by the consanguinity of our own earth but the universe

The best one Claire mentioned was a prophecy Leonardo Da Vinci spoke of, and I know we sometimes need a bit of artistic latitude for prophecies to come true, especially as this one he foresees the Moon Landings with the Big Bird representing the ‘eagle’ has landed…”I love this interpretation of his prophecy”  

The big bird will take its first flight, filling the universe with amazement, Filling all the chronicles with its fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest where it was born.

So inspiring…

Thank you Claire, Douglas and Edit Koczó for making this post so special…sorry I took so long to publish it my friends

Carl 🙂

While I’m on the subject of captivating Moon shots …Again! You groan 😉 Sorry, you see the shot below was no exception, even though I didn’t manage get the plane crossing the face of moon like I’d done previously, the aeroplanes Jet Stream still created a great shot to capture… another shot that caught the eye of Douglas, Clare & Edit


Beaver Moon

UPDATED IMAGE : The Moon & Jupiter with 3 Galilean Moons 

The Moon & Jupiter with 3 of her Galilean Moons 28.11.12 [Click to Enlarge]
The Beaver Moon 27 - 28th November 2012 ©Carl Milner MilnersBlog 1
The Beaver Moon

The Beaver Moon according to North American folklore, is the first full moon in November, which for us in the England is the 27-28th of November, and although there was plenty of cloud cover the moon did manage to make an appearance this month, something we missed when it’s closely related Hunters Moon was supposed to appear in October. The Beaver moon can also be called the Frost moon or the Frosty Moon, both of which I prefer.

The Beaver Moon 27 - 28th November 2012 ©Carl Milner MilnersBlog 1
Eye of the Moon

My other Moon related blogs Super Moon | Shark Moon | Moon Olympics | Harvest Moon

The History of Beaver Moon

Two reasons are given for the coupling of the November moon with the flat-tailed aquatic animal: November is a month when many hunters used to set leghold traps for beaver,and November is a month when many beaver families are especially active in rebuilding their beaver lodges and dams. Much of the mammals’ building and repair work takes place by moonlight, because the beaver is primarily nocturnal. Both explanations implicate November’s position as the last full month before the coming of winter, as beaver (which do not hibernate) need to have ready access to food during the cold months, and need to grow an especially lush pelt of fur so as to be prepared. By the traditional valuation standards of the fur trade, a late-fall beaver pelt was worth more than a pelt harvested during other seasons of the year. 

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The SuperMoon

I have to say I have a bit of a fetish for photographing the moon, and last nights Super Moon, scientifically know as the Perigee moon was no exception, as it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter as it passes closer to Earth. It this apparent increase in size, as it comes within 221,457 miles of the big blue marble, that is most striking and is like a ‘moth to a flame’ for us photographers.

Super Moon over Leeds 6th May 2012
I captured this early evening time, just as Luna was rising through the clouds. I tweeted it saying ‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SuperMOON! over Leeds’

As usual much of the UK was swaddled in the traditional bank holiday blanket of rain and even snow clouds, so it wasn’t the greatest of sky watching weekends. However!!, after last years ‘no-show’ Leeds saw one of the natural world’s most spectacular light shows, and I was there ready with ‘old trusty’ the camera. Continue reading The SuperMoon