We had a SuperMoon last night. Usually, I miss them, and it was Becky (that’s right, the Becky with this month’s Top Squares challenge) who happened to mention it to me in comment yesterday. The Moon was meant to be at its closest to us at about 3.30am – which is the second thing to happen around that time this week – and I just knew that I wouldn’t be awake to see it. My 3:33 starts are eluding me this week!
So, at around midnight, as I settled to bed, the Moonlight streamed in through my Bedroom window, as if to remind me we were having this spectacular Lunar event. I usually just use my mobile phone to take photos – well, it has a camera on it, so why not? – but I thought I’d try using a camera I’ve had for a couple of years but haven’t quite got around to learning how to use the functions on it as yet.
At midnight, in the dark, I was leaning out of my window with camera strapped around my wrist, pointing it skywards trying to get the best photo I could of this natural phenomenon. I did mention it was dark, didn’t I? It took me a while to find the button to take the picture. It took me a while to work out how to turn off the flash, which went off like a flash of lightning. I’m sure there’s a focus and zoom facility on the camera, but I thought I’d avoid trying to find those in the dark, and just point and shoot. And as I pointed and shot, I noticed the cloud cover.
That’s right! In the moments of me trying to get myself organised to get the best photo possible, it had clouded over. This usually happens when I try to see these Celestial events. It always happens when we go through Meteor Showers, and the only showers I get to see then are those of the rain variety.
This is the best photo I’d taken. It’s bit grainy… and for some reason it looks very light – but it wasn’t. The Moon is there though, peeping through the clouds in the Top left-hand corner. And it is the Moon. And it is bigger than normal. Only not in my photo. Sigh.
Click the panel below to see what a proper photo of the Moon looks like: