18 – Moon *

Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn and tell her that I sent you. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Looking above, the sky is blue and the sun is bright. A closer look reveals the moon appearing as a dim second light.

We typically think of the moon as the second light – the light illuminating the night sky – but now it’s by day. Probably having risen when I slumbered.

The moon – one of the two great lights in the sky appearing as almost the same size as the sun – something we notice during a total solar eclipse. The moon – so close yet so far – but its distance is relative.

The moon – whose orbit is synchronized with Earth’s – meaning we always see the same side – that dry, dusty, rocky surface of mountains, valleys, and impact craters holding evidence of past volcanoes that now lie dormant. And yet, we wonder about the dark side of the moon – that far side lacking sunlight – the side about stories, legends, and secrets.

The moon – Earth’s only natural satellite that influences ocean tides with its gravitational force allowing tides to come and go.

The moon – whose full face appears as a porcelain figurine in the dark sky – yet we also think of the man on the moon or it being made of cheese.

The moon has always been a desired destination for humanity – actually first achieved by the Soviets with an unmanned mission in the late 1950s – but ultimately conquered with one giant leap for mankind by the Apollo 11 crew in July 1969.

The moon, whose natural presence, phases, and immortally has influenced cultures through the ages. Humanity has seen the moon as a goddess forming an eternal celestial couple with the sun god.

As the goddess of the night sky, the moon is the matron of childbirth and the defender of children while also being a symbol for passionate lovers and their desires. No wonder we associate the moon with fertility.

We link the moon to craziness – especially when it is full. Violence and werewolves link lunacy and lunatics – all derivatives from luna, the Latin word for moon. Yes, the moon is the ruler of emotions, moods, and impulses.

We ask for the moon, occasionally bark at the moon, be over the moon, or cry for the moon many moons ago. We promise the moon once every blue moon. On a moonlit night, we may even dance by the light of the silvery moon over Miami as its beams bounce across the waters of the sea.

Although a few people question if humans ever went to the moon, nobody denies the blue moon, blood moon, new moon, full moon, and harvest moon – yet we laugh at being at the receiving end of moon the verb.

The moon – that primary light in the night sky that doesn’t emit its light, but rather reflects the sun’s light.

The moon- that primary light in the night sky inspiring wonder, balance, and renewal while remaining mysterious.

The moon – that night light symbolizing love, dreams, loneliness, and more. Nobody can deny its magical power because the moon doesn’t yell – it whispers – it kisses lightly – it illuminates our hearts.

Whether the moon is crescent, half, or full, I look forward to the next time I see it over the water in the dark sky. Meanwhile, I enjoy seeing it above in the bright blue sky and thinking about it today. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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132 thoughts on “18 – Moon *”

  1. Ah, the moon. One of my favorite things to photograph. Your friend has taken some beautiful pictures of the moon. I have heard a full moon makes people act weird. I have actually stood in the dark and howled at the moon – just to see what it felt like. Ha Ha

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    1. Peggy,
      Your howling at the moon comment made me laugh this morning. That’s great. Simply so much to say about the moon, so I hope I’ve given it justice. Glad you enjoyed Robin’s photos. She and I also collaborated on another walk – water, https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/8-water/ Meanwhile, although our connection is new, I know photography is one of your passions. Maybe we could collaborate. Take a look at the Topics List – then connect through email.

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  2. That first picture of the moon and the birds (geese, herons, cranes?) is one of the most stunning photos my husband and I have ever seen. We ooohed and ahhhed for at least a minute now. Kudos to Robin! And kudos to you for honoring our lady moon.

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    1. Kathy,
      Thanks for the kind words. I also love the first pic and thought it was the perfect opener for this walk. She and I have been blog buddies for many years and collaborated multiple times on my old blog. Plus, this is our second collaboration here. Hmmmm … and you and I connected through her?

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  3. And Selene’s force is at the origin of the tides… this gravitational pull on the earth exerted by the moon, manages to raise the level of the oceans even a span.
    Well yes, the moon that enchants us, that makes us feel wild inside, with the desire to follow the example of the wolves… Selene’s most faithful creatures who cry out to her, eviscerating their love!
    Hugs 🙂 claudine

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  4. Sighing as I read your thoughts on the moon. Just beautiful. I love these romantic words – “the moon doesn’t yell – it whispers – it kisses lightly – it illuminates our hearts” – dare I say you are “waxing” lyrical about the moon? 😉
    Oh, and Robin’s wonderful moon photos … how I have admired them over the years. 🙂

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    1. Joanne,
      Thanks for the very kind words. In retrospect, your comment started with a wonderful word about the moon – sighing. Of the objects in the day and night sky, we may sigh more about the moon than the others. To me, that’s a good thing Cheers to Robin’s photos – and since she and I have a long connection, there will be more collaborations. 🙂 Besides, she’s a very kind person.

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      1. I wonder why it is that we romanticise the moon so often? Even though there isn’t a definitive answer to that question, I love the concept of having a beautiful orb to admire as we stare at the night sky, and yes, to sigh over … 🙂
        I agree with you, Robin is a kind and lovely person. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Dan. 🙂 It took a lot of practice. You’re right about the deceptive qualities of the size of the moon. I still don’t know how some photographers capture shots of a giant moon coming up over a city or bridge or some other horizon. (I have my suspicions about it, but no confirmations.) The moon always looks so small when I try that.

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  5. Haunting photographs and wistful writing.

    Your post made me want to look up a few more sayings, so here it goes:

    Because we loved each other to the moon and back, we decided to shoot for the moon and get married. We honeymooned in paradise and drank a flavorful moonshine. When the bill came, we did a moonlight flit to the woods and dined on green cheese.

    Great post, Frank.

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    1. Greta,
      Welcome first-time beach walker. Well, I know you have read others, but this goes with the first comment. Given your writing background, “wistful” made me smile. Thank you. A tip of the cap to Robin for her outstanding photographs that helped make this walk. Meanwhile, love the way you strung moon sayings together. Well done!!!!

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  6. Thank you, Frank, for sharing my photos and blog link. It’s always a treat to collaborate with you. 🙂 Living here, near the beach and water, it’s hard not to notice the link between the moon and the tides. New Moons and Full Moons almost always lead to higher than usual and/or lower than usual tides. It’s often during a full moon (or near it) that the woods become magical and the fish swim on the woodland trail.

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    1. Robin,
      My pleasure and thank you! You’ve always been an open collaborator, plus I love your work. We’ll do more. I’ve actually been trying to “expand” my photographer’s pool. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the info about tides. After all, you have a pretty good location to observe that natural occurrence.

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    1. Michel,
      I love collaborating with Robin. Besides being a good photographer and being easy to work with, she’s also very nice. Where she lives, she can observe the effect of tides. Plus, I can say that my plan is for Robin and I to collaborate again later this month … and surprise … the topic is Tides!

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    1. Gwen,
      Thank you. The idea for offering the sound waves at the beginning came to me about two weeks before my first post. I even thought about it as an auto-launch. But then I thought – hey – instead of forcing it on them, give readers an option. Let them make the decision. (I know that some blog with auto-music launch I may mute.) ,,, The closing video was in my plan all along – but I take selecting the ending song/video at the end very seriously. I even have a large back of videos that ready for new walks. Oh well … more than you you wanted to know. 🙂 … Stay safe!

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  7. Interesting that I saw your post today. This morning on my walk I noticed the moon several times after my camera lens focused on it amongst the tree branches. The moon is beautiful day and night. But I will admit, my favorite is probably over the still water 😊 However, there is an awesome haunting with the moon in vast open spaces after sunset (such as the desert).
    Great post!!

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    1. Lisa,
      Are serendipitous moments wonderful? 🙂 … The moon through the trees, reflecting off water, and many other settings – it’s a light that attracts our attention. Got to love it! I had a great moon encounter several years ago. There was a lunar eclipse in the middle of the night. No … I didn’t stay up – but I awakened and couldn’t get back to sleep. I only saw a beautiful sight, but I watched it set on the western horizon. Five minutes later, I looked in the opposite direction to watch the sunrise over the eastern horizon. Simply wonderful. Thanks for sharing a bit of your day and encounter with the moon.

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  8. I might call this my favorite post as it brings two of my loves together, the moon and the ocean 🙂 The moon has been a source of soothing, healing, nurturing energy for long, a source of personal divine light as if. I remember a full moon I got to witness with a shimmering beam of reflection on gently flowing waves, a glimpse from the balcony of a vacation home – that magical night has stayed in me. Each time I see the moon I consider myself blessed. It shines regardless of its shape – it inspires us to do the same through all the changes.

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    1. PD,
      You have given great insight on many walks, so you calling this a possible favorite is quite the praise. The moon has been involved in human culture for a longer time than we can imagine. Meanwhile, I too enjoy the moonbeams on the water – so thanks for sharing your special moment.

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    1. Janet,
      The fact that we see the same face also gets me. I love when the enormous moon that has just risen on the horizon. A moment of gasp! Glad you enjoyed Robin’s images. She and I have collaborated before – both here and on my prior blog. Meanwhile, I look forward to our collaboration. 🙂

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    1. Forestwood,
      Welcome first-time beach walker, and thanks for joining me on this walk. The moon is quite glorious, and fortunately, I collaborated with a photographer (Robin) who visually captured its wonders. Thank you for the kind words, and I hope you return. In what part of the world are you?

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  9. Ahhhh la bella luna! I am definitely moonstruck and find myself often trying to capture her in her best light. Robin’s images are absolutely gorgeous and this is a wonderful collaboration.

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    1. Dale,
      Good morning. (Wondering where my moon is at the moment) … Glad you enjoyed this walk. “Moonstruck” is such a great word of joy and wonder – so it made me smile. The moon is magical, and certainly worthy of a walk. Robin is wonderful, and the plan is we collaborate again later this month! 🙂

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  10. Frank and Robin, I think y’all might have outdone yourselves with this one! The moon is a great subject though I haven’t yet captured its beauty in photographs the way I’d like. A lot depends on the weather, and our cloudy skies just don’t lend themselves to the superb shots Robin has shared. Oh well, there’s always next time, right?!

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    1. Debbie,
      Thanks for the kind words. Robin’s photos are wonderful – so it’s great for me to rely on her skill. Personally, I like these moon pics because they are so different – especially the first one. This is our second collaboration here, and I imagine you’ll see one more before the end of the year.

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    1. Cheryl,
      Thanks for the kind words. I’m lucky to have a quality photographer like Robin who is willing to collaborate. Full disclosure, the two of us have collaborated before – so we trust each other. If all goes as planned, I’ll have another set of Robin’s pics before the end of the year. FYI: I will have another excellent photographer collaborating next weekend.

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      1. I use mostly free stock photos, giving credit, of course. Once in a while, I use one of mine. Some bloggers are excellent photographers, and I do enjoy their work. It’s nice to have a photographer you enjoy working with. Now I am wondering how you survived all the hard work for 11 years.! ❤

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        1. Typically, I also use the free stock photos WordPress provides from Pixels, but have also used mine here. On my old blog, I also used Getty Images. This was beach walk #18, and this is the fourth collaboration with 3 different photographers. Two of whom I met here. I also have 4 other photographers plus an artist lined up for future walks. I enjoy showcasing the work of others.

          How did I survive for those 11 years? Well … one trick is blog breaks – which are good to do – but there are different levels of blog breaks. Nonetheless, I was getting tired of my routine – plus so many bloggers fall off the map. With a new look and format here, it’s been refreshing and I’ve met a whole new batch of nice people.

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  11. When thinking on the moon, I think Pink Floyd and I think Ozzy and I think George Bailey when he lassoed the moon for a girl. I also think the ’69 Mets, because they achieved the impossible dream in the year of the moon landing.

    I try not to think Denny’s, for that horrible menu item called “Moon over My Hammy”. . .

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      1. I love the moon, that’s why. Yes, Old Blue Eyes . . the moon. It’s like they dance together. And Moondance, the all timer.

        I haven’t been to Denny’s since the Clinton administration. And let the record show that I only ate, I did not digest . . .

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  12. Hi Frank!
    The moon does illuminate our hearts and I enjoyed the sections that your beach walk allowed us to explore the moon in this post!
    And side note – it is interesting that a few folks do question the moon landing – do you?

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        1. Yvette,
          I noticed I left an important word out of my answer … so I edited. I wish I would have answered that not only did man not land on the moon, but God created the Earth on September 23, 4004 BC, humans roamed the flat Earth with dinosaurs, the coronavirus would pass through the US with a handful of cases – then poof … gone by spring … vaccines are harmful, and Trump won the election.

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    1. Miram,
      Well thank you! 🙂 Because of moon’s impact on us, its presence, and its multifaceted mystique, the moon gave me a lot to work with for this walk. Robin is a great collaborator for me, and want I like the best about there three images is that they are so different. Thanks for walking along and glad you enjoyed this one. PS: I have another collaboration the next two Saturdays. 🙂

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  13. Oh my, Robin’s photographs are amazing! And I so appreciate your moon thoughts. Its influence on the tides is something that still fills me with wonder. If its gravity can move the oceans around like that just imagine the effect it has on our minds and bodies. I remember vividly watching the moon landing on TV with my sister, parents and grandparents. My grandmother told me that some day I would be a grandmother myself and would tell my grandchildren about how I witnessed this historic moment. Moon memories…

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  14. Good Day aFrank,
    A very enjoyable write about me. I am a moonchild. The Moon is always changing. It isn’t even the same two nights in a row. Astrologically, the water element symbolizes emotion. Water runs deep; it seeks its own level and will flow until it has found it. The cycle of water is endless. The tides and currents churn the oceans. Sometimes, the waters are so deep that we cannot put words to our feelings. A sign of nurture that carries its shell of endless love for those that need healing care. Inspiring post on the power of the moon.
    Stay Healthy … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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      1. 👍✍️thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I’m grateful. It’s a zoo here right now. I’ve been behind on commenting and posting. I hope January is the beginning of a better writing year.😀 Be Safe … have a healthy weekend. 🙏 😎

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  15. This is a beautiful post, Frank! The photography is stunning. I don’t imagine there’s anyone on earth that doesn’t notice the moon and feel hushed and small in comparison. I try to be sure to take notice every night, and rarely miss. I do think that moonlight on the ocean is particularly peaceful and if I lived at the beach, I’d love to make a regular pilgrimage to the shoreline to see the moon dance on the water. I’ll leave a nod to Van Morrison. 🙂

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      1. Both. Many times. We see the aurora a lot. Not unusual in Canada. The milky way needs darkness. Rarely saw it until we came out here. Bright enough to take a picture. Looking forward to the Jupiter Saturn thing next week.

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  16. The super moons and blood moons and eclipses are events I always look forward to, I imagine the pics are beautiful by the beach. Plus when it comes out in the day … that’s a moment for pause. My kids love to spot it when that happens. Magic. But my kid says no mom … it’s science! Its gravitational pull connecting to the waves always tripped me out as a kid. Good post 🙂

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