Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Vignette: Full Moon in the Morning

Early last Friday morning, I cracked open my eyes and glanced out the window beyond my husband's sleeping form.  I saw the bright light of the full moon on the west side of the house, framed by red bracts of Bougainvillea and Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder'.   It was huge and beautiful but I didn't expect my husband would appreciate me clambering over him with a camera before 6am and I figured the window screen would mar a photo anyway.  I turned over and closed my eyes but the moon had cast its spell so I got up, threw on a robe, and wandered outside with my camera.

The moon was preparing to set behind the hills and I couldn't recreate the colorful framing our bedroom window had provided but I did the best I could to capture a little of its magic.





It looked much bigger when viewed next to the Bougainvillea and Leucadendron!

Perspective is everything when it comes to photography as a photo of a recent visitor demonstrated.

I found this little fellow sitting in the sill of the dining room window looking outside.  He was less than 2 inches long from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail, as the leaves of the Plectranthus 'Zulu Warrior' growing outside help to show.  How he got in is anybody's guess.  My husband admitted he'd seen him the day before but he'd scrambled behind the buffet before he could be caught.  I managed to catch him and deposit him outside, where I hope he's enjoying life with the gazillion other lizards who occupy our garden.


Anna, the host of Wednesday Vignette, is a much better photographer than I am.  Visit her at Flutter & Hum to find the images she and other gardeners found intriguing this week.


All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

14 comments:

  1. You've captured that wonderful, cool, stillness that only us morning people are privy to, beautifully. Those night owls don't know what they're missing... I've temporarily moved down to the basement to survive this weekend's heatwave, and I admit to missing waking up to the early light of dawn coming through the window.

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    1. I heard on the news that the heat was climbing again up your way. I hope it breaks soon!

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  2. I love a full moon in the morning. As Anna K said, us morning people see good stuff.

    It's baby lizard time here, too. I scare them so that they become more wary and...survive.

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    1. I scared the lizard quite a bit trying to catch him between a glass and a plastic container to move him outside. Once there, he froze in place. He was gone when I checked back 10 minutes later so I trust he shook off his fright and moved on.

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  3. Great photos of the setting full moon. -Jean

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    1. I do wish I'd had a telephoto lens to capture its size relative to the garden's foliage. Someday, perhaps.

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  4. Lizards in the garden would be a wonderful thing. Lizards in the house, not so much.

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    1. We used to blame the cat for bringing in the lizards from her screened porch but found they also climb up the backyard screen door. They're sneaky - and fast-moving.

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  5. You may start sleeping with the camera in your bed.
    Mariana

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    1. I do not know how my husband would feel about that, Mariana!

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  6. I've had that perspective problem many times when trying to capture the majesty of Mt. Rainier. It looks huge viewed in person but so small in my photos.

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    1. If only we could capture what our eye (brain? heart?) sees on camera!

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  7. Lovely Kris. Something special about a full moon.

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    1. I love full moons too but I'm not used to catching one shining so brightly in the light of day.

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