August 29th 2015 was the night of the supermoon, or perigee moon.Photo of moonlit clouds

This is when the moon is full and at its closest to the Earth. It appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than its opposite, a micromoon. Native Americans called the August full moon the sturgeon, grain or greencorn moon, as those were the things that were being harvested at that time.

Being the UK the night sky was clouded over. However, the brightness of the moon lit up the clouds creating a spectacle on a par with any sunset. I am afraid my photographs do not do justice to the scene. I was handholding a point and shoot camera, rather than having a posh camera on a tripod with the iso and other manual setting correctly dialled in; but you get the idea.

The next supermoon will be on 28th September with the added bonus of a lunar eclipse in the northern hemisphere.

I have had mixed success in taking moonlight photographs before, the best results are ones taken during the day.  Although I have fondest memories of taking the photograph of the moon shimmering on the misty lakes of the Elan Valley.

I shall leave you with a haiko by Matsuo Basho:

Black cloudbank broken

scatters in the

night … Now see

Moon-lighted mountains!


9 thoughts on “Moonstruck

  1. Those are excellent photos. You manage to get beautiful photos with the camera you have. I could never work out how to do that on my point and shoot. Especially the daytime one of the moon close up. And you get as good results as you would with a DSLR.

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