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Sunset Moonrise

Consider this post an intermission of sorts from the series I have been posting recently. I needed a nature break. Last night, my husband had an awesome idea to check out the sunset at the lake. We viewed a beautiful sunset indeed.




What happened next was nothing short of spectacular. We were walking back to the car as the sunset was fading away. As we walked back to the car, we spotted a gorgeous sight: the moon rising!


Keep in mind these pictures of the moon were taken just moments after the sunset pictures above. One side of the sky was a sunset and the other side of the sky looked like this…


I had never seen the moon rising from the lake before. (Recently we took pictures of the moon rising behind our house. I’ll have to include them in a future post. I grew up in the suburbs and never saw the moon rise until a few years ago when I moved to the country. There were always buildings obstructing my view of the moon rising growing up).

The light under the moon off to the left a bit is a lighthouse. Here are some more pictures from last night at the lake…



My husband had spotted the moon directly behind where we had just been sitting to watch the sun set. He said, “oh, that’s right. The moon is full now… I forgot to look for the moon rising at the same time as the sunset”. I asked him what he meant. He explained to my suburban-raised self that the moon was full and that this meant while the sun was setting, the moon was rising in the opposite direction simultaneously (and that that’s how it works). I then asked him, “how do you know this?” (I ask him that question a great deal where nature things are concerned).

My husband used to work at a nature center and did a lot with a 12 inch reflecting telescope. So he has experience with astronomy and has seen plenty of examples like what we saw last night… where the sun sets in the sky one way and the moon rises in the opposite direction at the same time the sun is setting.



In any event, I asked my husband to try to capture it this scene with the camera and he took these pretty pictures. (I am not good at toying with light metering and such).



I had difficulty selecting pictures for this post because my husband took so many pretty ones.


The remainder of the series I have been posting this week will be published shortly. I just needed a nature break and thought some of you might like one too!


Finally, it was very difficult to capture the scene below accurately. The vertical line you see is a tree trunk. The moon was peeking out in the sky above a large tree. The moonlight lit up the water beneath the tree. As the water moved, the reflected moonlight moved around at the base of the tree. I wish we had a camera that could have captured it because it was magical. This last picture was the best shot we could get of it. It was the last thing we saw before heading back to the car… and reality.


Thank you to my husband for getting these great pictures!

Have a great weekend!

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2 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 08.09.09 at 6:41 am }

J –

A beautiful sunset and moon-rise combo. Throughout my coursework in psych and social work, we got to learn about the value of nature in healing. Many Aboriginal peoples use nature as a way of balancing and healing the self, and it’s often thought that “dis-ease” comes from this state of being unbalanced and opposed to nature. Too often we forget to stop and just marvel at the world around us. We take sunsets and moonrises for granted, the sun always sets, the moon (mostly) always rises. But we don’t actually experience it for ourselves, if that makes sense. We sort of act like an ostrich and stick our heads into the ground.

This taking for granted almost seems to be a flaw in our “westernized” society. Many of the various ethnic groups that make up our wonderful world believe and use nature as a healing mechanism. Buddhism in particular teaches the importance of being one with all living things, even with nature. And many of the “New Age” ideas are also reliant upon nature as a path towards self-discovery, awareness, etc.

Thanks for some beautiful pictures. I wish I was down at the lake looking at that beautiful scene!

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3 YayaNo Gravatar { 08.09.09 at 8:47 am }

Awesome pictures!!! How interesting that the sunset and moon rising are opposite?
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4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.09.09 at 10:22 am }


I’m glad you liked it. Yes, over the years I have learned about the value of nature in healing from a variety of sources. I too have read about the notion of “dis-ease”… where the body is literally not “at ease” and is out of balance, like you said. I used to really take nature for granted before I met my husband. He worked at a nature center for many years as a volunteer. There he learned about many things that he has since shared with me. I have to give him credit for “waking me up” and helping me pull my ostrich head out of the sand, so to speak.

I agree that Westernized society as a whole seems to lack appreciation for nature when contrasted to other cultures. Having visited a Native American community recently for a festival, I had the good fortune of walking through a garden of medicinal herbs and speaking with Native Americans who use storytelling, artwork, music, and dance to keep their culture alive. (I took many pictures there and really need to blog about it soon). To interact with people who view nature as sacred is an eye-opener.

My acupuncturist is Buddhist and he is a role model for balance and calm. A visit to his office is a trip to serenity. His wife’s beautiful nature photographs adorn the walls of his office. There are so many resources out there for learning to appreciate nature and for becoming more aware and present-minded.

I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I wish you could have been there too but hopefully seeing the pictures of it was the next best thing to seeing it in person. 🙂


5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.09.09 at 10:25 am }


I know… isn’t that interesting? I never knew that when it’s a full moon the sun sets in one side of the sky while the moon rises simultaneously in the opposite side of the sky. It was spectacular to watch!


6 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 08.09.09 at 12:00 pm }

How completely magical. I haven’t watched a moonrise in a long long time.
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7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.09.09 at 12:04 pm }


Magical really is the right word for how it looked. 🙂


8 JoNo Gravatar { 08.10.09 at 5:46 am }

I didn’t know that either about the full moon rising opposite to the sunset. Fascinating. It sounds like a magical evening.
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9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 08.10.09 at 3:44 pm }

Hi Jo,

It really was just beautiful! 🙂


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