Friday, March 13, 2009

Moonset

Yesterday, the early morning cloud cover was thick and it blocked the view of the moon, save a blob of white light that fiercely fought through.

This morning, there was no cloud cover, so the waxing moon stood low in the sky, burning brightly in the shape of a fluorescent egg. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Accompanying it, after the din of traffic had passed, was the unmistakable squirb, squirb, squirb of a cardinal off in the distance.

As the bus wound through town, the moon seemed to chase us for a time, almost as if it was running directly alongside. Then, as the pinks and purples of the morning light skittered across the horizon, the moon, dropping ever lower, disappearing behind buildings, took her leave of us.
Then, suddenly, there she is again. She’s lower still, and her powerful brightness has begun to fade, ever so slowly, as the morning creeps in.

While I am truly a night person, I think this has to be my favorite time of day. That space of time where the moon is just beginning to relinquish control of the sky to the coming day. There is something special and sacred about this changing of the guard, something that I have always been drawn to. It's a time I think of as moonset.

I think all of us have probably seen a sunrise and likely, some very beautiful ones. But if you’ve never witnessed the workings of the late winter sky in the hour or so that precedes daybreak, you’ve missed out on something no less than spectacular.

And the moon? She hangs there still.


Even as the sun begins to rise, blazing up a leg of the Gateway Arch, she holds firm.

Turning translucent and shimmery, she vigilantly stands by, her backdrop brightening around her, slowly taking hold.

Good night, moon. Your shift has ended.

And a new day begins ...


10 comments:

Mama Martha said...

NV what a beautiful photo and post. Blessings to you and yours. Hope everyone has a good day.

kspinning said...

Wow, beautiful shot and post. I love the gold along the arch. Very, very nice!

MonkeyGirl said...

Reminds me of the Jimmy Dean commercials.....

Jayne said...

Great pics of the sun against the arch! And a beautifully-worded post, too.

BPOTW said...

Beautiful pictures, but I try to make it a habit to be snoozing while the moon is doing its work :) If I had my way I'd stay up late and get up late.

NV said...

MM -- Thanks! It was a really good day considering it was Friday the 13th!

kspin -- This is a scene I just couldn't pass up. Just wish they were in better focus. Someday ...

MG -- That cracked me up. "Hey, Moon. You look tired. Go eat some breakfast and call it a day."

Jayne -- Thanks!I have to think that I was given the appreciation for scenery for a reason. :-)

BPOTW -- Yeah, I'm a night owl, too. I've been able to comfort myself though when i DO have to be up so early with the notion of "Look what I get to see!"

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Those pictures are beautiful. Absolutely one of my favorite times of day.

NV said...

Kate -- Thanks! And thanks for stopping by.

bettyl said...

Such nice photos! Definitely distinct.

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