Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April's Pink Moon

This past Sunday was the first full moon of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. The full moon occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun, so that its face is fully illuminated by the sun's light.

I've always loved the full moon, many will tell you that it brings out all the crazies and I know I fit into that category, but soon after I started blogging I met my blogging friend Julie of Being Ruby. Now let me tell you, that Julie loves full moons more than anyone I know and the way she artistically captures them will just take your breath away. I suppose, for me, Julie is a Lunarian. What do you mean you don't know what a Lunarian is! Why, a Lunarian is an inhabitant of the moon  — at least in science fiction. She may not actually live on the moon, but the spirit of the moon lives in her and if you've ever read her full moon posts, you know what I mean.

Last month Julie decided that she would put up a link tool so that those of us who have been inspired by her to wander outside each month, with camera in hand, could fly to the moon with her. I would be one of those so inspired.

Another was my friend Becky of Abbey Style, who in this month's full moon post taught me this:

"April's moon was (and still is) known as the Pink Moon~~
for the herb pink moss or wild ground phlox,
the earliest widespread flower of spring."

The official moment that the moon turned full was at 10:44 p.m. EDT, so that's when you could find me outside, setting up the tripod and being eaten alive by mosquitos.

I spotted the moon over the roof, peeking through the trees…

Not a great photo, especially with the glare of the security light out front.

So, when I woke up around 4:00 am, I again braved those nasty mosquitos and headed outside once again. I hope none of my neighbors saw me out there in my pajamas, cursing at the bugs and trying to get a decent shot. They would have called me Full Moon Crazy for sure.

When I opened my shots in iPhoto, I thought, "These are awful, I'm not posting these."

Then I went to Becky's post and read about the April moon being known as the Pink Moon. I quickly went back to my photo library and looked again. Yep, I was right, there is a pink little glow around that 4am shot. Not in all of them, so don't think I'm trying to tell you that the moon was actually pink, but one of the settings I used produced this shot and I knew I had to post and share it with my Luna friends.

Here it is, not a great shot, but it is…

April's Pink Moon!

In honor of my Pink Moon and with Mother's Day coming up soon,

I decided to offer all of you 15% off in my new Etsy Shop.

The coupon code at checkout is PINKMOON15.

(Feel Free to Tweet or Facebook to your friends using the buttons below! Thanks)

Stop by Julie's for links to more Full Moon posts.

Thanks Julie, this was such fun!

If you missed the invitation to my World Oceans Day Beach Party, you can read all about by clicking here or on the button at the top of my sidebar.

Today's Ocean Fact: There is really only one ocean—the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic are interconnected, forming one vast world ocean.  –National Geographic The Ocean

13 Thoughtful Comments:

Jane said...

To my Luna (or is it Looney?) friends...I, too, watched the moon rise......over the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs, FL....Unfortunately, I left my camera in my purse...at home. I did have my cell phone, tucked into my bra (my new favorite way to carry it...at least I hear/feel it when it rings LOL) I tried to capture the moon...and it had a pink glow (which, until I read Becky's post, I did not know what it was), but the photos weren't so hot. At least, Marty and I had a wonderful dinner...by the water...watching the moon (as the vampire mosquitos dined on our blood)
Jane (artfully graced)

beachcomber said...

the full moon was spectacular from my back deck last night..i could really feel the energy as i saw it rising large on the horizon..would love to have a better camera so i could capture it. love your pink moon & the gorgeous being ruby blog too!!
cheryl x

michelle said...

Your shots are beautiful! I was not able to see the beautiful pink moon this month, instead a bunch of gray, dark, snow clouds! ugh! I love Julie's blog and her love of the moon is SO beautiful, as are her photos.

Leo said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as a pink moon. I am always learning new things on your blog. I will have to go check out your Etsy Shop...I usually can't resist a sale. :)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hello dear Rhonda
how sweet you are to join in.. You know I didn't manage to get a good shot this month.. but it was incredible down my way.. so bright and shiny and full of hope... and last night even more.. the entire bay was alight with a soft pink light at sundown... fabulous..of course the camera was at home.. haha

Thanks again for joining in and your lovely words re my blog.. You're the best darn blog friend a girl could have.. hehe... and thanks for sharing the moon from your side of the world!!! ciao xxx Julie

Anonymous said...

Thank you for braving the mosquitoes to share with us the pink moon. Such sheer luna-cy can only earn my respect for your unstoppable curiosity and determination :-)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Such lovely pics Rhonda!
I am so excited for you getting your store off the ground and all the neat stuff happening your way!
And thanks dear friend for your prayers for baby Addison.
It was a tough time but she seems to be almost back to normal now.
Big Hugs,

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I like reading about the moon. The pink moon pic is wonderful. Also a good idea to post ocean facts. Cheers

Sue said...

Julie has made me love the moon too! I didn't know about the pink moon...your picture did capture it well.

I haven't had time to shop your etsy yet...too much family stuff. Nice for you to offer a code.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh honey, what are ya talkin' about...your pics are fabulous. Now that pink moon is truly somethin' to behold.

God bless and have a marvelous day!

BTW: Happy Easter Giveaway...my place...ya'll come!!! :o)

Calypso In The Country said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I didn't know about the pink moon. Gotta run...I have a Cabana Boy to find! LOL - thanks for the visit!

Arabella said...

That's truly amazing! I've never heard of a pink moon but you certainly found one. Thanks for risking your life with the mosquitoes to share with us ;o)

rjerdee said...

Hey Rhonda, Love your confession about going out in your pajamas to catch a shot of the moon. I do it all the time...actually, I do my moon walks in my pajamas, just put a hoodie on over them...the bottoms look like capris. Actually, the only thing I encounter are two cars going to work and a bunch of cats. :)
Looking forward to your beach party...

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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