January 31, 2018–Garden City, South Carolina
I’ve always been in love with the sightings of the moon. Last night definitely proved that point as I stood in 20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures, brisk roaring winds, and high tide rolling waves in order to capture some shots of the ‘super blue blood moon.’ I completely underestimated the Atlantic winds and brutal cold, but I wanted to return to the spot I viewed the supermoon in December. It was full of special memories, new beginnings and the spot holds a beautiful space in my heart. Plus, there’s no better way to see the moon glisten brightly, than over a beach with flowing waves.
I still remember the exact moment when I perfected my first moon shot. It was in Door County, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2016. I was there on a girl’s trip with my mom to visit wine country, enjoy some new food, and view the nature and lively surroundings of the thumb of Wisconsin. I took so many pictures on that trip of nature, sunsets, trees, and then finally an acceptable moon shot. It was a proud moment, seeing the details of the craters in the moon on my DSLR!
And now today, I’m even more obsessed with the moon. It gives me a lot of special memories, and also holds a special place in my relationship.
The moment we stepped on the beach, we actually stopped in awe at both the glow and the reflection in the ocean. It was enough to light up the sky! I really hope all of you got a chance to look outside and catch a glimpse!
Unfortunately, I was only able to capture the moon this night, (not so much the beach or pier) because as much as I wanted to take photos, my frozen hands and camera just wouldn’t cooperate. But, I’ll leave you with a few photos, a couple fun edits, and a some fun facts about the ‘super blue blood moon.’
Why is it called a ‘blue moon?’ The term blue moon was used because a full moon happened twice in the month of January 2018, something that rarely happens in any month. So, of course, it is said to happen, ‘once in a blue moon.’
What makes the moon ‘super?’ The moon is at its Perigee, the closest point to Earth at this time, giving it a spectacular glow and brightness we don’t always get to see. It actually appears 14% larger and 30% brighter.
Where does the ‘blood moon’ name come from? The sun’s light is skimming through the earth’s atmosphere, giving the moon an orange or red glow.
And for those who were able to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse, I must say, I’m incredibly jealous! I realized too late it was happening, thinking it would happen into the evening or early next morning. Big loss on my part, I promise to be more on top of it next time!