The March Lion

Yesterday's sunset brought to you by the March Lion in collaboration with Mother Nature.

The March Lion has returned.  The wind howled, moaned, groaned, roared, and growled throughout the night and day.  Rain slashed and almost slammed against the house this morning.  The temperature has been dropping.  The cold is returning for another brief visit.

Last night's moon.

Yesterday evening the moon caught me preparing dinner once again.  I was ready for it with the tripod.  I watched the sunset for a little while first, giving the moon time to clear the neighbor’s house and the power lines.  If I hadn’t, my moon photos would look like this:

I took and posted this shot to show you that all is not necessarily as it seems.  It has occurred to me that the photos I take on my walks might give the mistaken impression that Breezy Acres is an isolated bit of property with little of civilization surrounding us.  We do have neighbors on all sides of us.  There are power lines running along the street side of our property, and there is even a natural gas well nearby.  However, we also have plenty of room to stretch out and not notice the neighbors (except when they’re bulldozing down our hedgerow) or the power lines.  The natural gas well is hidden in some trees a few properties over from us.  We wouldn’t know it was there if we hadn’t inquired about wells in the area when M and I were thinking about making an offer on the house.

Someday I may try a series of shots showing the more “civilized” areas that surround us here at Breezy Acres.  (If you’re new to the blog, Breezy Acres was the name given to this 8 acres of property M and I bought seven years ago).

In the meantime, the moon is so much prettier without a corner of the neighbor’s roof and some power lines blocking it, don’t you think?  As you can see, clouds began to drift in during the brief time I was outside capturing the moon.  There was an almost-rainbow effect from the clouds which my camera didn’t capture.

The mallards have returned, and the ring-necked ducks have left us, continuing their journey towards Canada, I presume.  The ducks seem to be enjoying the rainy weather.  Even the blustery winds don’t ruffle their feathers.


Some people think I’m a little crazy when I talk about the tree auras.  I decided to try to capture them in a photograph, and was surprised to see the images turned out pretty well.  They needed a bit of tweaking with color and contrast to bring out what I think of as their auras.  In the above photo, you can see the greens of the willows.  They were almost the last trees to lose their leaves.  I think they’ll be the first to leaf this spring.  From the looks of things, it will be soon.

The second tree photo shows the maples (reds) and… yikes, I’m not sure of the names of the trees with the green and yellow auras.  I’ll have to ask M later.  He’s my tree person, being fairly knowledgeable when it comes to identifying trees.  He spends so much time with the trees on our property that I’m pretty sure he is friends with and on a first name basis with them all.

This is what the trees looked like on Monday after the weekend snowfall.

That’s it from the Bogs for this wet and blustery Thursday.  I might have a few surprises for you next week.  It depends on how the weekend (starting tomorrow) goes.  In the meantime, thank you for visiting and gazing at the moon with me.


48 Comments on “The March Lion”

  1. I would never have guessed photos of the moon could be so beautiful–so spiritual. Stay warm with the return of winter.

  2. The moon graces us with her beauty in the quietness of early night. Blessings to you for sharing her beauty with us.

  3. dadirri7 says:

    your sweet golden moon does look better without the power lines …. i love the tree auras … and we have 8 acres too … 5 were considered the standard portion, but there were 3 acres of wetland that no-one wanted (not the council, not the National Parks) so we got those too 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Dadirri. 🙂

      The pond takes up 1.5 of our acres, and there’s a creek in the woods. Surrounding those is quite a bit of wetland. It’s mushy, but I love it.

  4. Ellen says:

    beautiful pictures!!

  5. Karma says:

    The moon was wonderful last night; I wish I had the chance to photograph it too. Yours is lovely. They say the night before the full moon is the best night of all to photograph it because that is when it rises low in the sky at dusk, so there’s plenty of light to be able to capture it well and it looks big and beautiful.
    We had the wind here today too, but were treated to lovely temps in the 60’s. But it was a treat for only a day.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. 🙂

      It is true what they say about the moon on the night before the full moon. At least it seems that way to me (bigger, lower, and with plenty of light).

  6. Chloe says:

    lovely series robin, i really like the sunset colours & composition

  7. bearyweather says:

    Love all the colors in this post.
    When it comes to the weather, I am starting to feel like a yo-yo. We just had a few very windy, cold and snowy days … at times it looked like a blizzard. And, starting on Saturday, 50º temps are predicted … simply unheard of in early March. Crazy. But, it makes things interesting.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂

      Yes, the crazy weather does make things interesting. It also makes it difficult to adjust to the cold. It’s quite cold here today (teens overnight, 20s this morning), but it will be warm again tomorrow.

  8. The sunset photo at the top is beautiful, and the moon photos – just wow! That orange color is breathtaking!

  9. ~mimo~ says:

    hauntingly beautiful photos!!

  10. Sallyann says:

    Gazing at the moon with you was very relaxing, looking forward to next time. 🙂

  11. TBM says:

    Great photos. Love the ducks!

  12. We had a crazy day here yesterday, too. 68 degrees warm, drizzling rain, and very humid (around 88%) in the morning, when I took the girls to school…. and by the time I had to pick Sara up at 2:30 pm, the temperature had dropped 20 degrees, it as still drizzling rain (after some heavier showers) and it was really windy…. and c-c-c-c-cold!!

    Your sunset is beautiful!! Haven’t seen one even close to that around here in a while.

  13. aFrankAngle says:

    Loved the moon with the limbs … but then I saw the first effects pic on the willows!

  14. Tree auras – what a perfect description! The early-spring color in the twigs and branches has proved darn near impossible to capture with the camera, even though it’s visible with the naked eye…the willows are yellow, the maples reddish-pink, and the blackberry canes almost glow red!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marie. 🙂

      I think the key to capturing the tree auras is to stand far away and zoom in on the trees. That’s what I did for these photos. It tends to give it a more painting-like effect and makes the colors stand out a little more.

  15. Mesmerizing. That one with the moon and the power line – almost like sheet music with that one golden note. Excellent

  16. Dana says:

    What a gorgeous moon! Interesting to hear about how Breezy Acres “really” looks, too. I knew you had some neighbours on surrounding properties, but I didn’t really ever think about the power lines, etc. in your area until today’s post. I appreciate how you capture the best face of your property in your posts. Power line shots are OK, but it’s also nice to picture The Bogs as an idyllic slice of heaven situated somewhere deep in Ohio. 🙂

  17. What is amazing after all the time I have been reading your blog, I never considered you had neighbors, power lines or other things near by. However, I think what you show us is how YOU view your world, your land and the spirit surrounding you. Those tree auras are real, beautiful and full of life.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Scott. I do love it here. I think that tends to give me selective vision, enabling me to blank out the neighbors, power lines, etc. 🙂

  18. I never seem to get any good photos of the moon at night–that branch extending over the moon face is quite a lovely photo. ps I’d like to continue to think that Breezy Acres was isolated 🙂

  19. jane tims says:

    Welcome to the spring! I like your idea of tree auras. Your photos show that each tree has a unique ‘glow’. Jane

  20. cidnlars says:

    Really great photos! That sunset is incredible! …and the moon!!!

  21. Kathy says:

    Only you could make the moon look good with power lines intersecting it. 🙂

  22. Marianne says:

    Mmm, beautiful moon photos and gorgeous sunset, Robin.

  23. eof737 says:

    That moon is spectacular. 😉

  24. And here I thought you lived in a utopian wilderness. Well, your paradise is where ever you make it, and you have made a lovely paradise in your bogs, neighbors, bulldozers, power lines and all!

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