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Friday, 22 March 2019

Minutes into spring

We began the evening at dinner with some good friends in the city for the day. A toast to spring was appropriate after the long winter. When we left the restaurant, far away the sun was crossing over the equator and the sky looked brilliant. I needed the camera.


By this time of day, the clear sky was joined by sister wind, adding a windchill factor to the twilight. Bundled up, I headed for the boardwalk to capture the supermoon on the frozen harbour just minutes into spring.


I passed other photographers on their way home with long lenses in tow as I headed along the trail. They meant business. With my point and shoot camera, I was drawn further into the quiet of the deepening darkness. 





Below the bridge, the mallard couple had returned for the night, swimming in the ever widening stream. 





The real attraction was the sky however, as the blue joined the colours on the western horizon.




As I walked along in the cold air of twilight, I wondered if I’d be able to stay long enough to see the moon over the harbour. But as I rounded the bend, looking back towards the city, I paused. 





The huge moon was like a beacon to spring. Its reflection was punctuated by snow drifts from the last storm, a reminder the spring melt will be slow.


The boardwalk in either direction was empty and the wind wasn’t high enough to howl, but the cold made me pull up my hood. The quiet was deafening. This place, alive with the sounds of people, birds and squirrels during the day, was now a bed chamber with a beacon cum night light. The blue deepened around me as I captured a few more shots and turned to leave.





As I walked along, I wondered where all the animals were nestled for the night but inspired by the occasion uttered, “Welcome spring.” Then all around me nature whispered, “Shhh.”


  

24 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That super moon was awesome, wasn't it!

DJan said...

You captured a beautiful time, both your deepening first shot and those last two of the huge moon. Thank you so much for sharing these with me, Marie. Hope you had a wonderful full first day of spring :-)

Shammickite said...

I'll be so happy to welcome spring. I know it's official, but it's not really showing it's face yet.

Catarina said...

These are beautiful pictures!!!
Marie, have you ever thought about writing books?!
Enjoy your weekend.
: )

Debbie said...

i missed the super moon this time around, the pictures are pretty!!

i can't wait for spring, i am starting to see signs around here!!

Barb said...

This post is a poem to the beginning of spring. Your moon shots are great!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Wonderful shots of the moon over the water. Thick cloud was forecast here on the night of the full moon, but then I was wakened at 03:00 by moonlight shining through the bedroom curtains - I was tempted but not ultimately persuaded. I climbed back under the covers!

bill burke said...

Your words and photos welcomed spring with opened arms. Excellent!!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful captures!

Joanne Noragon said...

Very nice.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautiful post Marie, both words and images 💙 The beginning of spring is a special time after a long cold winter.. very much looking forward to your spring shots 🌷

Tomoko said...

Very beautiful post,Marie.
The moon in the blue sky and its reflection is lovely.
I am thrilled that we both will have the most time of spring soon.
Have a good day.

Retired Knitter said...

Wonderful wonderful pictures. And I loved the text that went with them. You have a gift.

Mage said...

Thank you so much. I didn't see the moon in person, you gifted it to me here. Stunning magic. Shhhh indeed.

Anvilcloud said...

You're a fine narrator with a poetic bent.

Andrea said...

Beautiful photos! lol..Georgie the mouser! Andrea

photowannabe said...

Gorgeous photos that show such peace.
Shhh...is right.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh Marie, these are such beautiful photographs.

All the best Jan

Ratty said...

These are very good evening and night pictures. They make me want to try some myself. Your last paragraph started out with the words to the song "Runaway". That was kinda cool. I sometimes write stuff like that on purpose, but I don't think anyone notices.

Stewart M said...

Wonderful colours - and I love those moon and ice shots.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Angela said...

Lovely photos of the super moon. My photos did not turned well :( Beautiful photos!! Have a great weekend!!

Barbara said...

Marie, the pictures are just beautiful. I love, love, love that pink sky in the top picture. Nature at its best.

baili said...

Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mesmerizing images dear Marie!

you captured the magic of cold beautiful evening so elegantly!

your words made me feel as i was there :)
the moon ,water ,the reflection and the breeze ,everything seemed so around to me

either i always wonder about birds night stay though being from village make me aware of more of them :)

hugs!

Jenn said...

All beautiful but I just love the moon reflections!!