Finding Clarity

Matthews Beach, Lake Washington, Seattle
year 2, day 190

Behind again, of course. Went to the shores of Lake Washington to photograph the rising of the Super Moon tonight. I had a shot lined up, then it turned out I was looking in the wrong direction for the moon to come up. The last time I was here for a super moon rise it came up in a different spot. Of course I was hoping to get one of those wonderful, well focused, red moons but I am still not a good enough photographer to actually acheive one of those, but I did get some reasonable shots. The moon first rose behind the nearly invisible mountains and then ducked behind some clouds before reemerging again; it was almost like getting two moonrises.

This was my final shot of the moon before I relinquished this spot out on a point to a man who was walking his dog. The moon had been up for about 45 minutes at this point. It was so dark out I was really having trouble with focus as I could see almost nothing in my camera screen. And as I stood here waiting for the long exposure I sensed a movement to my left. I looked over and a heron was swooping in to land at the lake side. I followed him for a few minutes as he slowly walked along the edge of the lake occasionally darting his long beak into the water to take a stab for something for dinner. Always nice to take a moment watch the wonders of nature.

Earlier in the day the family and I attended our first professional soccer/football match going to watch the Seattle Sounders win 1-0 over the team from Philadelphia. I must say, the fans were as much fun to watch as the match.

edit: crop and some intrepid in PicMonkey
Love the story and the shot especially the reflection
posted May 7th, 2012  
nice job on this!
posted May 7th, 2012  
what a beautiful scene, so tranquil, I feel like I could fly to the moon on the moonbeam reflections
posted May 7th, 2012  
wow!amazing photo!a fav
posted May 7th, 2012  
Beautifully composed.
posted May 8th, 2012  
I think I might just have to fave this, it truly is beautiful
posted May 8th, 2012  
what a great super moon shot - that relection is great
posted May 8th, 2012  
Wow, beautiful!
posted May 8th, 2012  
superb picture and thanks for the laugh with you watching the wrong spot!!
posted May 8th, 2012  
Lovely reflection - the moon does jump about a bit!
posted May 9th, 2012  
Beautiful composition and I love the reflection of the moon!
posted May 9th, 2012  
Lovely nighttime shot
posted May 10th, 2012  
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