I don’t know about you, but as the years pass I find myself becoming more charmed by the activity of the moon. I have always enjoyed the changes of the moon; however, I have noticed that I am becoming more captivated with what seems to me to be the playful nature of the moon.
I think it started a few years ago when I visited a balloon festival. I was fortunate enough to take a ride in one of those beautiful hot air balloons. (By the way, that’s another thing to add to your “to do” list if you haven’t already done so.)
It was on that ride, while calmly drifting over the trees, that I noticed the moon. I had seen the moon in the day many times, but this time it seemed really big and I noticed a great opportunity to take a picture with the moon and a hot air balloon appearing side by side. In the time it took me to get my camera out and affix the correct lens, the opportunity had passed, but I knew if I were patient it might come back. If I didn’t know better, it was like the moon had decided to play a game of hide and seek. That perfect shot did not appear again on that day, but as I put my camera away, I let the moon know that there would be another day.
And so it’s gone over the past few years; in my many travels, I have often played hide and seek with the moon. The countryside and mountain drives are the most exciting because it is then that the moon can be on the right side, then the left side, and then straight ahead, and all within a short drive’s distance.
I realize that the turning roads are part of creating this visual experience. I also choose to imagine that every now and then the moon decides to let me catch it and politely allows me the time to pull over to the side of the road and have a good look, and sometimes I get a picture.
No matter how close we seem to get, the game is soon back on. I was on the Carolina Outer Banks not so long ago, and it was the night of the Blood Moon. I was prepared to capture the perfect image, and then as if on cue, the clouds rolled in. I could not help but to laugh. How in the world could I miss something so big? I looked up and said, okay, you win again, and then the clouds rolled away for a few moments and I captured a few good pictures. And so it went for a few hours.
I’ve come to understand that a relationship with the moon is just that way. You’ve got to be flexible and understanding. I’m okay with that and I just wanted to write down my observations and thoughts so I would not forget. I will not be surprised if one day I write about the lunar friend again.