Moon of Ice

thin wall —
with the moonlight comes
the cold

~ Issa, 1824

Processed in Photoshop and Picnik.

The clouds cleared out quickly after sunset last night.  The moonrise was stunning.  I was standing at the counter near the kitchen window chopping vegetables when I looked up and saw the bright orange of the moon coming up through the trees.  The first photo (and the processed second version) was taken on Tuesday night.  This is what it looked like last night:

I could have done better if I had dragged out the tripod, but since I was in the midst of preparing dinner, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time moon gazing.  Well, I did want to spend a lot of time moon-gazing, but then dinner would not have gotten made at a decent hour.  I can moon-gaze for hours.  I can stargaze for hours, too.  Last night at moonrise was a good time for looking at the stars.   Orion was standing in the heavens, clear as a bell.  The sky was clear and crisp, allowing heat to escape and the frigid air to settle in.  We had ice on the pond again this morning.

Thawing. (White balance set to tungsten.)

By the time I went out for my walk this afternoon, the ice on the pond was beginning to thaw.  Did you know that the thawing surface of the pond makes a bubbling, hissing, melodious tinkling sound?  It does.  I stood there for the longest time listening to the musical melting.

Some of the surface has thawed completely.  The wind, blowing from the west, has moved the rest of the ice over to the eastern side of the pond.

Tiny waves approaching the ice layer.

The sky is an incredible shade of blue today.  It’s windy and cold, but the sunshine makes up for all that.

My mystery hawk returned today, but I wasn’t able to capture him.  We startled each other.  I was coming around the corner of the house after noticing the little birds scattering and setting off alarms, and he came swooping down over the house.  He made an abrupt turn when he noticed me so I think I may have saved a little bird from being lunch.  I walked out to the front of the yard and he was sitting in a tree, waiting.  Upon seeing me again, he decided to go check out the bird feeder across the street.  I waited for a while, hoping to see him again.  He must have decided I have all the pictures of him I’m going to get for now.  He didn’t return.

Icy reflections. (White balance set to tungsten.)

I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today.  It’s a good day for a walk around the pond.  The squishy ground is hardened by the cold and the sky is going to stay clear throughout the night.  I think I’ll head out to do some stargazing later on, before the moon comes up (at 8:20pm tonight).  You’re welcome to join me.  Just be sure to keep in mind that it’s going to be very cold.  Bundle up.  It is winter after all.

51 Comments on “Moon of Ice”

  1. Great walk – with terrific results

  2. I haven’t been noticing the moon as it rises in the evening – but when I drive to work in the morning (around 7:20), especially the past couple of days, it has been absolutely gorgeous!! It looks larger than normal, and has been an amazing shade of yellow (with a deep blue sky behind it). Makes it very difficult to concentrate on driving!! You have captured it VERY nicely here!!

  3. Robin, I don’t even know how to begin telling you how amazing the moon photos are! Stunning! And I love the title of this post, as well–so poetic!

  4. Lovely post–haiku by Issa, photos, your thoughts. I often sit and watch the stars and moon over Lake Michigan.

    Thank you, Ellen

  5. Dana says:

    Stunning moon photographs! I really like the way you processed the second one– it looks so cosmic. 🙂

  6. Kel says:

    by the light of the silvery moon
    your photos make me swoon

  7. dadirri7 says:

    the full moon has been hidden behind thick cloud here, so i am thrilled to see your images .. and the pond ice … something i never see … thanks so much, so glad you rushed out and left the dinner for a while … and stopped to listen to the sounds of ice melting 😀

  8. Karma says:

    Love your moon shots! I wanted to take its picture too, but it was rather cloudy here unfortunately. Did you know Jupiter is one of those bright “stars” in the western sky right now?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. 🙂

      No, I didn’t. I usually try to keep up with what’s up in the sky, but have fallen behind in that (and pretty much everything else!) lately.

  9. Kathy says:

    Smiling thinking of you moon-gazing, Robin. I saw the moon orange and HUGE in the sky last night after a school board meeting. Of course the camera was tucked away at home. Thanks for taking time to capture some pics, even though you didn’t get out the tripod.

  10. jakesprinter says:

    Excellent post my friend 🙂

  11. you fill our lives with beauty. What a gift and blessing that is. I too saw Orion and stood quietly in wonder at the sky.

  12. Bo Mackison says:

    It was a gorgeous full moon in Arizona, too. I was setting up my booth for an art fair — finished the job by the light of a small lantern and the full moon.

  13. Derrick Birdsall says:

    Awesome moon shots!! So crisp!

  14. Robin! These are stunning! I was oohing and ahhing over the shots of the moon and then I saw that sheet of blue ice! Goosebumps!

  15. Carla says:

    I can moon gaze for hours as well. Lovely photos – both the moon and the ice!

  16. maenamor says:

    brilliant ….

  17. I totally messed up my shots of that rising pumpkin moon…glad yours are so beautiful.
    Storm coming – stay warm!

  18. aFrankAngle says:

    Probably one of the latest dates for the thin ice on the pond … yet the moon pics are awesome.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank. 🙂

      The pond is usually frozen over enough by now for ice skating, but it’s been, as we all keep saying/writing, a mild winter.

  19. Anna says:

    Wowzers! Love those moon shots! Hasn’t the moon been awesome? And you captured the moon. 🙂 I love the thawing photo too.

  20. Pat Bean says:

    I was lying on the couch reading the other night at Brazos Bend Park. From my prone position, I had a beautiful view of the silvery full moon as it twinkled between the branches of winter-bare trees. I stopped reading and just lay there and enjoyed the view for quite a while. Quite peaceful. Thanks for sharing your marvelous moon photos. They let me relive the night during the day.

  21. Robin, all of the photos are stunningly beautiful…and to think that you actually saw such beauty with both your own eyes and your camera….what magic!

  22. Ah, Robin – transcendent beauty.

  23. KA says:

    love love love it

  24. Cmsmith says:

    You do such a good job with your photos; you inspire me to try harder.

  25. eof737 says:

    Your moon shots are awesome. 🙂

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