Good Morning Gentle Readers,
TWC had a hot date Friday night (which was exceptionally clear here) and on the way up the hill (no civilization, no lights, no houses for 6-8 miles) the moon was very, very bright and seemed quite large in the sky. I don't think I would have known it was a rare event just by looking at it, because sometimes we get some pretty spectacular moons.
Of course, I didn't take a picture, because Saturday night was to be the Big One. The moon would be closer to the earth than it had been in some time. Decades? I dunno.
By Saturday night the storms had begun to roll in, but I managed a picture of the Jumbo Moon filtered thru somewhat minimal cloud cover between storm surges. Without a frame of reference it doesn't seem particularly special. It was much brighter than the photo would imply.
In this pix you can feel the brilliance of the moon, but the striking feature is the moon, apparently reflected back from the camera lens onto the thin, gauzey cloud cover. You can also see some of the moon's halo, which was prettier to the naked eye.
Yes, the pop culture reference refers to Tom Cullen's obsession with The Moon in The Stand, Stephen King's epic tale of the apocalypse.
photo crediit: TWC 03-19-11 ©