October 25, 2013

I’ve never had any desire to dabble in astronomy, but I do like a moonlit night. That’s not always easy to see when you live in a big city like New York. The full moon in October this year played peek-a-boo as it moved across the night sky, seeming to dodge behind the tall buildings casting its eerie light down onto the streets.

The other night I awoke from a nightmare with dogs chasing me and smothered in a world of darkness I felt I’d run to the edge of a cliff. My heart pounded, the bedroom felt claustrophobic and airless. I could not go back to sleep fearful that I’d return to that same dream. Climbing out of bed, I sought comfort in another area of our home. From the living room window I could see that the moon had slipped between the two giant apartment buildings across the street. I forgot the nightmare, grabbed my camera and went out onto the terrace to photograph this dreamy scene. I stayed awake for almost an hour watching the moon move across the sky, then went back to bed and fell into a restful slumber

Several days later I got up earlier than usual. The moon was up then, too, but this time it had stayed in the sky long enough to greet the dawn. If you look close lyyou can see the fist glint of the morning sun on the water tower on the left. I couldn’t help but take a photograph of this scene, too.


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  1. G. Miki Hayden on October 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Strange, but you weren’t charged for all that, and no government regulated the moon’s rising and setting. Thank God that some things remain untouched by the hand of man. Nice piece.

  2. Eric Parker on October 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely Marge
    The juxtaposition of the night and early morning shots is wonderful

  3. thelma straw on October 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I did not realize it was the full moon til I heard on my nightly nocturnal entertainment on either WOR or ABC in the middle of the night. Got up – really wanted to SEE it – but the buildings between my apt and the rest of planet earth blocked out Luna … so I only knew from the radio it was the full moon. When I get rich, I want to live on the water and be able to see all the phases of the moon and stars… Thelma

  4. Chloe C on October 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Yes. Lovely moons. Sorry you had a nightmare! I love the shot of those rooftops in the early morning moon.

  5. Susan on October 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Great Moon shots! We have had spectacular moonscapes here, too. I was hoping to see the Northern Lights with the recent Sun flares, but it didn’t happen. Just some great stars and bright moons lately. Take advantage of the clear weather. We will be seeing winter soon enough.

  6. Angela T.W. on November 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I too love the moon’s cycle. Your city in moonlight photos are as thought provoking as the moon itself. Lovely wonderous work. Hey is that my building in one of your photos?