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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sunset and the Moon

As I mentioned before, I am taking a perennial gardening class at a local high school twice a week in the evening.

Last week, when the class ended, I stepped out of the high school (which sits on a hill overlooking the small town of Negaunee, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and this is what I saw!:

The sky was gorgeous with a sunset of purple, yellow, pinks, blues and oranges! In the middle of the sky was a "hole":


As the sun set further, the colors deepened:



Just on the other side of the driveway, the moon was already visable over the trees:


It was a crisp, clear, beautiful spring night with a full moon:

By the time I got home, it was dark, but the moon was bright and shining behind the clouds:




The moon was so bright, it looked like the sun shining!:

40 comments:

Shellmo said...

These are absolutely gorgeous sky photos! Nature put on her own fireworks show! :)

Brittany said...

So beautiful! I love your pictures!

Fran Hill said...

Fantastic! This is the kind of scenery that floats my boat - none of that repetitive green and brown stuff, but sunsets and sunrises and storms and snow scenes. Not that I have a dramatic side to me or anything ...

DJan said...

What wonderful pictures! Thank you. I just joined your blog as a follower, found you through "A Brit in Tennessee" who has a blog I never miss. I retired in March 2008 from my job of 30 years and keep up a pretty active retirement too! So I will enjoy your chronicles daily. Check me out if you want to at http://djanstewart.blogspot.com

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

Wow!Awesome colors. There is something about a full moon and stunning sunsets. Very pretty pictures!

J.J. in L.A. said...

I love the moon shots! Especially the first one. I have a couple sunset pics. On my page, go to Pick a Word (bottom left of page) and click on 'Beautiful Sunset'.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful photographs! I especially like the fifth one..it is very impressive! When you get a minute would you check out the black boxes I purchased the other day, they are in the Spring might be here post, I am curious about them..and thought you may know something about them! Thanks! :)

Wanda said...

Possibly the most beautiful series of photos of a sunset and moon I've ever seen...Wish I had taken them.

rainfield61 said...

The description on the sky with a hole is good. It is the best to suck out all the bad happenings.

Grannyann said...

Again, beautiful photos. The one of the full moon is outstanding.

Rae* said...

I found your blog today and really like your posts. Love these photos. Add me as a follower.

Grannyann said...

I was just looking at someones photos here and immediately thought of you:
http://www.flickr.com/

Ratty said...

I see the sky like this and it takes my breath away. I take a lot of pictures of the sky, but I'm usually at a loss for words when I look at them. It relaxes me, but it takes my mind with it.

Joycee said...

That was beautiful, all those colors if you just waited long enough to see them. That's the deal, most of us move on and miss out on a moment like you captured!

Ramblin Mama said...

Beautiful pics! I love to take shots of the sunsets, sunrises and moon rises. I had one morning at a hotel in Davenport, Iowa where I photographed the fantastic sunrise on one side and the setting moon on the other, too. I still love to go back and look at those shots.

Bernie said...

Breathtaking, Beautiful!!!! You have such a gift and you are a beautiful person to share your gift with all of us. Thank you my friend,
....:-) Hugs

Loree said...

I love sunsets. Awesome pictures.

lizzie said...

Really beautiful photos.

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

"AAAA-ROOOOOOOO" (I'm howling at the moon.)

Cathy Clementz said...

YOU ARE GETTING GOOD!!!! What kind of a camera did you say you have? any certain settings to get the moon shots? VERY impressive!!! I'm gonna have to start staying up later!

The Retired One said...

Shellmo: Yes,the colors were like fireworks, they were so bright and intense!

Brittany: Thanks so much. I love looking at some of the blogs I follow's pictures too...there are some amazing things in nature to see!

Fran: Photographs of drama are good, but sometimes the little details in the green and brown (like textures, etc.) can be pretty cool too. Life's in the details, as they say! ha

DJan: Welcome aboard and thanks so much for signing on as a Follower! I will check out your site later today! Sounds like we have a ton in common.

DVM's Wife: Thanks so much. I was so excited to see the sky when I got out of class, and the sun was sinking fast, so I had to run down the hill to the parking lot where my car was and back up the hill to capture the scenes. I have learned to take my camera with me in the car everywhere I go!

JJ: Thanks so much. I will check out your sunset picture out on your site later today too.

Far Side: Thanks so much. I saw the black nesting boxes already on your blog. Usually the old ones are the nesting dolls from Russia that are so valuable...I think those could be Chinese or Japenese...but not sure of the age or value. Regardless, they are adorable and probably collectable. I wouldn't paint them or change them in anyway. If you do, you lose the value of them.
A great find!

Wanda: What an awesome compliment! Thanks so much. I loved taking them.

Rainfield: Maybe the hole was for showering down GOOD things on all of us. (Like that sunset, for instance!) ha

Grannyann: Thanks. I was so excited when I saw the detail of the moon's features when I looked at the photo after taking it.

Rae: Thanks so much...I would love to have you join us a a new Follower, too. Did you officially go up to the right column and click on "Follow this Blog" to become a follower? That would be great! I look forward to your comments! Do you have a blog too?

Grannyann: I know of this site, a lot of my relatives have their family pictures on that site. I will see if I can find the particular shots you are thinking of.

Ratty: That sky and moon that night was truly a gift. I was so awed by it.

Joycee: You are right. We ooooO and Awwww, but then forget it the next day. That is why I like to capture so many things on camera. You get to enjoy that moment over and over!

Ramblin' Mama: You will have to scan it or load it on your blog for the rest of us to enjoy, too.

Bernie: I love sharing the photos with all of you...a ready audience who feeds my addiction to taking photos. ha

Loree: Thanks so much!

Lizzie: Thanks to you too..I am so glad people are enjoying the photos I enjoy taking so much!

Lynn: That is pretty good howling, girlfriend! (Hope you are not in heat) hahahaaaaa

Cathy: That is a real compliment, coming from you!!! I look forward to your's, New England's, Suzanne's and Shellmo's photos every day...you are all such incentive to me to keep learning more about photography and my camera! I can't wait to take the beginning photography class in June!

pehpot said...

That last photo was really really good! It can make it on Halloween!

Make or Break

grammy said...

Hi, I came by to visit from Shelmo's. Loved the pics. Will come back (o:

The Retired One said...

Pehpot: Thanks! It does look like a good one for Halloween! Maybe I should make some cards up with the picture on it!

Grammy: I am so glad you stopped by! I would love it if you would go and click on "follow this blog" and become a regular Follower! Welcome aboard!

Hippo said...

Nice! I feels like a werewolf now!

The Retired One said...

Cathy C: I forgot to answer your question: It is a Panasonic Lumix digital with 18X optical zoom and 10 megapixels. I use the zoom setting to manually zoom in to get the moon shots. I would love to learn more about manual settings, so I am signed up to take a one day (all day) class in June for point and shoot cameras.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Wow! You really got some beautiful pictures!

Vagabonde said...

I just found your blog and loved your photos of the sky and moon, they are very beautiful. I also retired last year and am a novice both at blogging and taking photographs. You can check both at my blog if you like http://avagabonde.blogspot.com/

Shellmo said...

I'm back! I mentioned you on my blog today...

Melissa said...

What a beautiful sunset.... and I loved the moon pictures, too! You are a fabulous photographer!

The Retired One said...

Hippo: I will be listening for your howling!

Gardener: It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up!

Vagabonde: Did you click on "follow this blog" to become a Follower? Please do so, I would love for you to be a regular reader and commenter, we have such fun! I will check out your blog tomorrow!

Shellmo: I saw that and was SO surprised and delighted, did you get my comment? It was so sweet of you to do. I thank you so much. You are one of my favorite blogs too and I check everyday to see if you posted more gorgeous pictures.

Melissa: Thanks so much. They were there, so beautiful, I just could NOT pass up photographing them in their splendor. When you are given something like that on a platter, you have to indulge. ha

Rae* said...

Yes I officially added myself as one of your followers on the right sidebar. Please visit my blog http://myweathervane.blogspot.com Rae

The Retired One said...

Rae: Thanks so much! I will jump over to your blog today!

Teresa said...

Wow...I loved your sky photos! Amazing!

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Those are some great pictures, and that's an understatement! I love watching sunsets, too, but you forget how beautiful the moon-rise can be. Thanks for your visits to my blog! :-)

The Retired One said...

Teresa: Thanks! I loved seeing the sky so ready to capture.

Dave: Thankyou! Wish I could find some nests like you did! I check your blog everyday for more pictures and find your blog a great site!

Baylward8 said...

Your pictures truly inspire me. I am going to get my camera out and charge the battery. Something I fail to do very often. I will now.

The Retired One said...

Balward: What a nice compliment. Yes, go get your camera. It always makes me appreciate nature so much more when I look thru the lens and then see the closeups after I capture the detail!

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

What wonderful shots! YOu are good, very good.

The Retired One said...

Mary: Thanks so much. I have been practicing, and I am signed up to take a beginner's photography one-day, all-day class in June, so I hope to get better yet! I LOVE taking bird and flower pictures and any related to nature!

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