Goodbye Moon, Hello Sun!
By Mr O.
January 6, 2018 7:28am CST
I thought this was a rather unique shot. It is of the full moon setting on January 2nd against the rosy clouds of the sunrise. It isn't often that we get to welcome the New Year with a full moon (OK, nearly full on January 1st, but never mind) and, at the same time, see the sun colour the western sky pink! This full moon was called the "Wolf Moon" by some North American peoples, presumably because wolves could be heard baying 'at the moon' more often at this season. Wolves (and dogs) don't actually bay at the moon, I believe, though the moonlight may inspire them to want to hunt (or to mate) more. I don't really know about wolves - I've never danced with them! The dog I know uses baying as the closest sound he has to human speech, so I usually understand him to be saying something like "Where's my foo?" or "Come on! Play!" or "Are we going for a walk, then?" (or other things like "Don't shout at me or I'll shout at you!").
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• Olney, Illinois
I have too many trees in the way when the moon sets (and when it rises as well...I only have a small unobstructed view of the sky). This was 7 AM January 2nd as it was going down. I have a problem catching 'colors' in the sky...I see some great sunrise/sunset scenes, but I can never quite catch the color as I am actually seeing it.
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• Cambridge, England
I think that mine was about 7am or a little later. I had to 'tweak' the contrast and brightness and increase the red very slightly to make the image look the way I remembered it (even now it seems a little too pale). I love your image of the moon through the branches. You have a much better lens than mine!
• Cambridge, England
@just4him I talk to my grand daughter's dog and he talks to me. He has no idea what I'm saying, I'm convinced, whether I talk English or dog and I have no idea what he's saying (though sometimes I guess right when he tries to pronounce the word 'foood', which is difficult for a dog because they can't do an 'f' and nor can they do a 'd'. They're very good at making the 'ooo' bit sound very plaintive and hungry, though.
• Derry, Northern Ireland
Ah, the old "Where's my foo?" question. D and T, in my mouth, usually. L, well, if I were a dog, at the other end of my leash, I guess. K? Only up in Yorkshire... Great pic, couldn't see the moon here when it was at its best or fullest.
• Trinidad And Tobago
A full moon is always spectacular her and it's quite common to see it against a rising sun. By the way your pic looks beautiful. Around this time we also see it in the sky for most of the day. Watching a full moon the feelings is indescribable ...and apart from wolves and dogs, I too feel like howling. Must be some primitive instinct!