With this photo, I join the throngs posting Blue Moon photos, except I didn't mean to. Really.
When I went out early that morning, it was with the hope of catching a sunrise. Well then it was just as well that I serendipitously espied the blue moon between the trees, next to this barn off the Beckwith Trail because the sunrise, or what I saw of it from my vantage point, was not zackly to die for. This ↓ was about my best shot, and well, it's okay ... barely ... (These kinds of photos always seem to show up darker here on blogger. I should maybe see if I could adjust for that.)
Anyway, here are some things that I have learned about blue moons.
- The expression was first used the way we usually use it now: to note that an event is extremely rare. It wasn't an astrological thang.
- It then got some sort of complicated designation which nobody understood.
- To some, it is probably still technically when a fourth full moon occurs in a three month period.
- However, to the great unwashed masses such as mine own self, it had come to refer to a second full month within one calendar month.
I muse that I shall never again see a blue moon where I saw this one, for there are only 7 in 19 years, and the chances that I would walk by this location, camera in hand, when the moon happens to be in that exact location, are extremely remote.
I did take a few other shots that morning, which I like better than the one above.
I squeezed the aperture to get the burst effect ↑. I don't love it, but it's fun to get that effect every now and then.
I caught some backlight on grasses ↓. Backlight is great for portraits and flowers etc.
Meanwhile, here is a short video about blue moons from people who know what they are talking about — as opposed to this lowly and humble blogger. Sorry that I can't embed it, but the smart people who made the video are being not-so-smart about letting others embed it.