Sunday, December 26, 2010

All the Night's Magic

"And all the night's magic seems to whisper and hush. And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush"

The above lyrics are from the song Moondance by Van Morrison. It ran through my head the other night as I walked around the lake, full moon up above. The sky was cloudy, but there were clear patches and every so often the moon would come into focus. Below are a few photos taken around the nearby park paths and pond.




The fresh-fallen snow helped to reflect the light. This light source is a nearby lamp post. I just like this tree and tend to photograph it fairly often.



Moon and clouds worked together to tease and delight.



High above the pond, the moon made a brief appearance before disappearing to await the approaching blue sky.



As the wispy clouds threaded their way across the sky, the misty moon peeked through the branches of the trees below.




A lovely golden orb balanced on delicate tree fingers.




There were times I felt that I could reach out and touch it.



Along the tree-lined path, I was interested in capturing the moon's light, but discovered that lights from the homes across the pond were perfectly lined up to appear at the left of each tree.




As my walk neared to a finish, I paused to watch the geese swimming in the amber light of the lamp post.


It was a marvelous night for a moondance.

This post was a repeat from January, 2009.

65 comments:

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Moondance, indeed. Always happy to know another who appreciates that beauty.

JAGDISH BALI said...

Very gorgeous. Nice work.

Bonnie said...

Fourth photo is stunning Hilary! You really captured the 'night's magic'.

sage said...

Great photos, thanks for taking us alone on your walk. Moondance is my favorite VanMorrison song. I hope that by the next full moon there will be enough snow to ski.

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice captures and an enjoyable walk with you.I was just out and the quiet is nice, no cars, not even a dog barking.

Anvilcloud said...

Thanks for taking us along on your walk.

deb said...

You can't go wrong with Van Morrison.

Incredible photos... they exude the embrace of a winter's peaceful night .

Hope you are enjoying the gifts of the season, Hilary.
All the best to you now and in the coming new year.

love to you,

deb

Hilary said...

It's always a marvelous night for a moondance!!!!

Rain said...

I love it! The photos are just beautiful.

Snappy Di said...

Van Morrison. What a fabulous music maker. It indeed was a fabulous night for a moon dance.

Di

TechnoBabe said...

Magical night, and what a lovely walk. The moon is huge. It looks so peaceful there.

Steve Gravano said...

Some beautiful photos there. Even with the snow covered branches you capture a warmth in your photos.

Pearl said...

Isn't it lovely, how bright a snow-covered evening can be?

Pearl

Kat said...

WOW. The 3rd and 7th picture look like paintings. I would hang those on my wall. Gorgeous!!!

Kristina P. said...

I love the pictures of the ducks, in front of the snow. Lovely!

Dianne said...

oh how you capture light, amazing and wondrous

I especially love the shots where there are man made moons on the ground, they appear to be looking up to the moon and saying thanks for the inspiration

LauraX said...

so beautiful Hillary!

Country Girl said...

One of my favorite songs. I would love to walk with you. But oh, wait. I just did. xo

Bossy Betty said...

Oh Hilary, I love those shots of the moon through the trees. I would have indeed done a moon dance!

ladyfi said...

What a wonderful post! I missed this last year, so am so glad you re-posted.

ellen abbott said...

lovely as always Hilary.

Lisa said...

I love the tree fingers holding the moon; all are "Fantabulous".

Michael Manning said...

Beautiful and intrigues the imagination, Hilary. You really have an eye for these wonderful opportunities with the camera,and that is a gift! :)

Linda said...

I'm so glad you reposted this, Hilary, because I hadn't seen it before. Amazing photos in the dusky light. My favorite was the one of the pond, with the moon above and the geese in the foreground. Just beautiful. You do good work, girl.

Frank Baron said...

It was indeed a marvellous night. Thanks for bringing us along to share the dance. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Mesmerizing. A beautiful night.

rosaria said...

You have captured beautiful views in an enchanted surrounding. So much magic in these photos. Thank you for sharing.

messymimi said...

I know you touched my heart.

Tabor said...

The moon has been keeping me awake every night. I fall asleep and then a few hours later I am wide awake staring out the windows! That third photo is so mystical.

SandyCarlson said...

You captured some great mood and mystery under that beguiling moon.

Van Morrison caps off your beautiful post very nicely.

kcinnova said...

Now I have that song running through my head. :)

I've been amazed at how bright the moon is with a bit of snow on the ground.

Hilary said...

• Thanks for stopping by, MJ. :)

• Jagdish, thank you kindly. :)

• Thank you, Bonnie. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Thanks, Sage. I'm happy to have you along. I don't ski but I hope for your sake that you get your snow. :)

• Thanks, OOTP. That does indeed sound lovely and peaceful. :)

• My pleasure, Anvilcloud. :)

• Thanks kindly, Deb. Hopefully we can get together again sometime early in the new year. :)

• Hilary, I couldn't possibly disagree with my namesake. :)

• Thanks very much, Rainy. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Di. :)

• Thanks TechnoBabe. It was a lovely night. :)

• Steve, that's such a nice compliment. Thank you for that. :)

• Pearl, yes. The snow and moon together can be brilliant. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you so much, Kat. Much appreciated. :)

• Kristina, thank you kindly. :)

• Dianne, you always say the nicest things. Truly. I love your comments almost as much as your blog posts. Thank you, my friend. :)

Hilary said...

• Laura, thanks kindly. :)

• Kate, you'd be welcomed along anytime. :)

• Betty, now that would be a sight to see. Thanks very much. :)

• Ladyfi, thanks. I'm glad you were able to see it this time around. :)

• Thank you, Ellen. :)

• Thanks so much, Lisa. :)

• Michael, thanks very much. Your kind comment is so appreciated. :)

• Linda, thank you so kindly, my friend. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. Over time, I'll probably rerun a few more here and there, so please stick around. :)

• Thank you, Frank. I believe you were there on that actual walk. I don't think there was any dancing though. :)

• Thanks very much, Elizabeth. :)

• Rosaria, thank you so much for such kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Awww, thanks, Messymimi. :)

• Thanks, Tabor. That moon can be demanding of our attention sometimes. It's difficult to ignore. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Sandy, thank you very much. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• KC, there could be worse ear worms, I suppose. You're right about how bright that combination can be. I need to get out there more often through the winter. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Unknown Mami said...

Beautiful. The snow in the very first shot almost looks like sand.

Happy New Year!

A Fistful Of Moonbeams™ said...

oh the resplendent golden moonglow on the branches of your tree, spellbinding! i too would have moondanced with you...

Life with Kaishon said...

So beautiful Hilary : ) I love that we are far, far apart, but we saw the same moon. Special! Hope your Christmas was wonderful!

Arts web show said...

Excellent pictures here.
Photography in the noght or in dim light is not easy to get good in my experience

Bachelor said...

Great pictures! Happy New Year!

slommler said...

Beautiful moon light pics!! The scenery you captured is fabulous!
Hugs
SueAnn

Leah J. Utas said...

Love those moon and tree shots.

Mental P Mama said...

One of my favorites songs....made better;)

Don said...

What a great mood (and moon) you brought home! Very touching.

Dawn said...

I would dance there in a heartbeat!
That Pond/Moon shot was glorious...They all were breathtaking!!

Hope your Christmas was wonderful...and you have a great new week!
dawn:)

flutietootie said...

Nice photos.

Maggie said...

Hope you had a magic holiday too.

MaggieGem said...

Lovely walk around the pond... looks like the moon enjoyed playing hide 'n seek with you!

Wendy said...

I thought I saw geese on the riverbank (or pondbank) in the third picture! Ha - and then they were swimming under the amber light! What a lovely walk you had. I love those "witchy" (o.k. you said misty) moon pics. There is something fascinating about the light of a full moon.
Thanks for taking us with you.

Dave said...

Nice evening photos Hilary. That special tree of yours really looks special too - Dave

photowannabe said...

A magical Moondance. This is gorgeous Hilary. I have missed visiting your post but life has been a bit crazy. So glad to be back in the routine. Thanks for continuing to visit me.
Stunning pictures.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Moondance sounds divine! I was regretting that my family was hit with the flu at the same time we had snow on the ground and a full moon lighting everything up-- I wanted to take pictures! I'm glad you did it so that I can enjoy yours. My absolute favourite is the moon over the pond. Love these night shots. Thank you :-)

Kappa no He said...

So lovely and dreamy. I can almost hear the quiet.

lime said...

so peaceful a set of pictures. ahhh...

WhatKarenSees said...

Thank you for taking us on your magical walk. Lovey post, lovely images!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Thank you for the repeat, Hilary. Lovely, lovely photos. I'd bundle up and go for a moonlit walk with you anytime.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Big sigh! That is a perfect walk with gorgeous photos. The moon is stunning from every angle. Thanks.
jj

Kelly H-Y said...

Love the song, love the pictures ... beautiful!

Hilary said...

• Thank you, Mami. And to you and yours, also. :)

• FOM, that's so nice. Thank you very much. :)

• LWK, thank you kindly. That is indeed cool. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Welcome, Arts Web Show and thanks for the kind words. Very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Bach. And to you and LadyCat. :)

• Thanks very much, SueAnn. That's very kind of you. :)

• Leah, thanks. I'm glad you do. :)

• MPM, thank you. :)

• Thanks kindly, Don. I'm glad you like it :)

• Dawn, thank you so much. And for the kind wishes. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, flutietootie. :)

• Thanks kindly, Maggie. :)

• Maggie Gem, it is a playful orb, isn't it? Thanks for the visit. :)

• Wendy, you have a sharp eye. You did indeed see them in that third image. I'm so glad you enjoyed the walk and very pleased that you joined me. Thanks for that. :)

• Thanks, Dave. It has a way of looking good in all seasons. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Sue, thank you kindly. Good to see you back in circulation. You were missed. Thanks for such lovely words. :)

• IBHH, so sorry that you and yours were not feeling well over the holidays. I'm glad that you're all on the mend now, and that you were able to enjoy the moon through my photos. I'm happy to share and I'm pleased that you stopped by. Thanks. :)

• Terrie, thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

• Thanks, Lime. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Karen, thanks very much. I'm glad you dropped by. :)

• Thank you, Pat. You're most welcome to join me anytime. :)

• Thanks, Joanna. I'm so glad you think so. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks kindly, Kelly. :)

Linda said...

Again, beautiful shots of the moon and moonlight. It seems we are all quite infatuated with the beauty of the full moon.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Linda. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Sandra said...

Lovely.

Hilary said...

Thanks, Sandra. :)

Zuzana said...

Stunning night time photography... There is something magical indeed about a snowy scenery at night, some sort of ethereal enchantment.
Perhaps it is the light reflecting of the white blanket or the moon in the cloudy sky, but your images keep me definitely spellbound...
xoxo

Hilary said...

Thank you so much, Z. You much too kind but I so appreciate it. :)

365 Attempts (At Life) said...

Beautiful tree imagery. I have a strange relationship with trees. I look at them like wise, old friends. Sometimes sitting by a tree you can find answers...They're sort of like nature's cathedrals.
I have enjoyed perusing your blog.
:-)
tanya

Hilary said...

Thanks, 365. I like the way you look at trees and nature and share some of your views. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. :)