Saturday, December 21, 2013


We're having weather issues which have brought about satellite woes over the past 48 hours. Our connection is working at about 10% of an already very slow service - when it's working at all. This makes it very difficult to view blogs and comment. I apologize for that but until things are running more smoothly, I'll be finding myself back in catchup mode again through the holidays.

I hope to get another blog post out in a day or two but it that proves to be impossible, I wish all who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy holiday. 

Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I'm trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low
And all the nights magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush
~Van Morrison

The white saucer like some full moon descends at last from the clouds of the table above. ~ Harold Monro 

I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it. ~ Albert Einstein

Moonlight is sculpture. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne 

moonrising6I've never seen a moon in the sky that, if it didn't take my breath away, at least misplaced it for a moment. ~ Colin Farrell 

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to. ~ Carl Sandburg 

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand. ~ Frederic Lawrence Knowles

fire and ice and moon
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door. ~ Irish Blessing

moonbeam on water
There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery. ~ Joseph Conrad

fire pit2
One moon lights a thousand forevers. ~ Meng Chiao

The above images are from November's full moon. The lake was freshly iced over and not yet snowed upon. 


joeh said...

Our moon in New Jersey somehow never seems that gorgeous.

TexWisGirl said...

love your moonshine. :) in the first photo, it almost looks like it is rolling down the tree slope like a staircase.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful pictures. I am always amazed at the lovely images others get of the moon.

Brian Miller said...

oh how fun it would be to be by a campfire tonight under that moon...beautiful...been seeing the moon on my drive in to school in the mornings...def been a cool traveling companion...

stephen Hayes said...

Wonderful pictures. I also enjoyed the Irish Blessing, which I've never heard before.

Birdie said...

My favourite moon poem about the moon is...

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
Said Wynken,
And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,—
Never afraid are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,—
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:—
And Nod.

Slamdunk said...

Dog and I have been walking earlier so I have been missing the moon. Thanks for letting me catch-up here with your wonderful shots.

Enjoy your weekend Hilary.

Leave It To Davis said...

wowee! You outdid yourself woman!!! That photo with the oh my!!! LOVE that one!!!!!!!!!!!

The Furry Gnome said...

What a wonderful series of shots!

Anonymous said...

I love love love this whole series but the third took my breath away.

Kerry said...

Just beautiful. I guess my fave is the Conrad quote paired with the stunning black and white photo. Perfect.

Indrani said...

Loved the captures, especially the one of the reflection of moon light. It is silvery shot!

Friko said...

Golly! Golly Gum Drops!

I’ve never seen a moon like yours.

DJan said...

Fabulous moon shots. I especially love the one with the fire in front. Stunning, all. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Hilary! You certainly enrich my days. :-)

Anvilcloud said...

I, myself, am mooning over some of those photos.

Gail Dixon said...

These are such beautiful shots of the moon. The glow and colors are amazing. I love how you started off with Van Morrison's lyrics; bet I'll be humming that song the rest of the day now. :)

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

These photos are simply, as one of the poems says, breathtaking. Of course I love the moon but your photos have made me swoon for her. Have a very Merry Christmas and thank you for the moon shots.

messymimi said...

Moon-glades always make me want to sail away in a ship made of moonbeams, all the way into the land at the back of the north wind.

Red said...

You have a set of super moon shots. I like the quotes that go with them but I like Carl Sandburg's quote the best.

Boris Estebitan said...

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Pallavi said...

Oh how magical and surreal dear Hilary :) The images are spectacular. I love the way the moonlight cascades over the water casting glittering reflections. Lovely!

What Karen Sees said...

WOW! So beautiful, and I love the quotes you chose to go with your beautiful photography. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Tis a good woman who is up to view the moonlight -- and a moonset. Who can resist Van Morrison - tis a marvelous night for a moondance...

Merry Christmas to you.

Glo said...

Just an absolutely wonderful Moonlight Sonata ~ I was drawn in to sit by the fire and gaze at the moon. It would be a lovely photo to enlarge, print and hang on the wall!!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely brilliant my friend, the MOOON is so close, whoops, I can out and touch it, beautiful Hilary.

Mage said...

Merry first Christmas in your new home. Thank you for the gift of these magical moonscapes to light our way into the holiday.

Liz Mays said...

The moonlight on the water is so dreamy. I just love all of these shots. Merry Christmas!

Kerry said...

Ha! My daughter arrived in Guelph yesterday, with her fiance, and sure enough there was an ice storm. Welcome to Canada!
(Just had to add this.)

christopher said...

Never knew there were so many worthy moon quotes.


Linda said...

Awesome moon pictures! I hope the storm doesn't take down your electricity.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I love how, in the third picture, it looks as if the moon is balancing on the tips of the tree branches. In the sixth image, the moon is so large it looks almost three dimensional. But my favorite is the 7th one, with the moonlight on the water, the dock, and the fire. Beautiful!

Joyful said...

Your photos are stunning!

I hope the storm doesn't do any damage. Keep warm and have a Merry Christmas.

MastHoliday said...

Beautiful captures of the moon!!!

Leah J. Utas said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, pics.

Kat said...

Gorgeous photos! I am so glad that you captures that beautiful moon. I can't remember where I was driving with the kids that night but I couldn't stop yelling, "LOOK AT THE MOON!!!! IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!"
Love that picture of the moon and the bonfire.

Pauline said...

Love your photo/quote posts - you could publish half a dozen books with just those! Splendid - thanks for taking the time to compose them for all of us!

Daryl said...

ahh ... grew up listening to 'standards' and that is one of my favorites ... lovely moon shots all

Hena Tayeb said...

love that first image.

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous moon shots! Wishing you and yours a fabulous holiday!

Unknown said...

Fantastic shots of the full appears to be balancing on the tops of the trees. I don't think I've ever seen moonlight on a frozen lake. Cool!

Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year.

Linda said...

Sorry, the "unknown commenter above is me.

Ricardo Miñana said...

Estas fiestas tan entrañables, te dejo un abrazo con mis mejores deseos de felicidad,
feliz Navidad!!, feliz año 2014!!.

Jenn Jilks said...

Nicely shot! I was going to go out and shoot it and wussed out! So happy to have power!

Lisa said...

How Breath taking are all of these. Thanks for taking me right there.
Merry Christmas. Stay warm and dry

Dawning Inspiration said...

Oh wow Hilary - the moon paths.... make me smile. Wish I could be there at the fire watching it!! SD

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, it's funny how dramatically different the moon photos of a skilled photographer are from the blurry round things I get when I aim a camera in that direction. Beautiful shots!!!!

Dianne said...

I love it when you moon us

happy merry festive to you and Frank and all the furry ones

Reena said...

Lovely! Merry Christmas Hilary!!

Jackie said...

Beautiful shots of the moon...and the moonbeam.
I wanted to stop in and wish you and those you love a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Lynne with an e said...

Well you've well and truly mooned us here, Hilary!
May you be warm and merry and have a very happy Christmas!

Magia da Inês said...

Muita paz e muita luz em nossas vidas, hoje e sempre!!!

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Betty Manousos said...

happy holidays! merry christmas!

Bossy Betty said...

Just dropping by to say Merry Christmas, Hilary! Hope you have having a wonderful day!

sage said...

That's the best of Van Morrison and you have some great shots. I was out x-country skiing and saw the full moon rise and snapped a cell phone photo! It turned out okay, but I wish I had the 300mm lens and a tripod

Sharon Wagner said...

What a great post! I feel like doing a Moondance myself.

Cloudia said...

Wow! I love the moon, and quotes, and you have delighted me fully on both counts, Dear!

from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

SandyCarlson said...

These are fabulous photos that make me want to go for a moon dance! What a combination, Hilary! Thank you.

Happy New Year, and good luck with the 'Net issues!

Anonymous said...

Hilary, you know I'm a nut for a full moon and these photos had me signing. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us. I hope your holidays are joyous! Blessings to you in the new year! xoxo

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Linda said...

What magical reflections the moon makes on the water!

lime said...

these are stunning shots. i am enamored of the moon and one of these months there will be a convergence of time, skill, and a clear night so i can get some decent moon shots. in the meantime i will gasp at the beauty of yours.

Anonymous said...

totally enchanting!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

The Frederic Lawrence Knowles quote was my favorite of all of them in this post, but I confess that once I saw your wonderful fire pit, I was entirely distracted by it!