An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. – Henry David Thoreau
(This was once published on one of my earlier blogs with a different watermark.)


He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate. – Henry David Thoreau

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Relax

Magic – Look Up

Magic is found in so many wonderful places. I tend to be a sky gazer, and if I just look up, I am often awestruck by the magical orbs and weather phenomena that can be seen there. Yes, I chopped off the top of the moon. Oops. Lots of energy was being spent trying not to shake. I piled a chair, stool, pillows and books in an effort to create a place for the camera. It shook even more than holding the camera in my hand. Haha!


Last week, we had what is being called a Supermoon. It is when a full or new moon is at its perigee – its closest approach to Earth. This excited me enough to buy a new camera. Not feeling quite ready for a DSLR, I opted for a bridge camera; the Canon Powershot SX60 HS. I zoomed way beyond the len’s 65x zoom for the above photo. It is very flawed, but I was thrilled to be able to photograph the moon so that it is recognizable. I do not have a tripod yet, so there was a lot of wobble going on. The camera did help compensate. The above photo and the one below were taken about one minute apart.


Below is yet another shot of the Supermoon over houses in our community. It was taken about five minutes before the two other photos. I took all of the moon photos through a window in my house.


Even more magical than the Supermoon was a rainbow that appeared as I was leaving the grocery store this past weekend. It was a full bow, but I was driving in traffic without a camera. I grabbed my phone, an old Samsung Galaxy S3, and snapped a couple of photos through the windshield. It is a little blurry, but I really couldn’t take my eyes off the road to focus. It’s bad enough that I was trying to take pictures going around 40 mph. You will notice the cement Jersey wall to my right, not to mention all of the cars. I had to pay attention to driving. I do not usually use my phone in the car, but the rainbow was huge and it was beautiful. The photos don’t do it justice.


I was lucky enough to stop at a red light for a minute. It was a double rainbow!


The Daily Post Photo Challenge – Magic