31 October 2008

Moon Days

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator” ~Mahatma Ghandi


I know I owe you a full report on the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, and a post about Photo District News' Photoplus Expo, but, it being Halloween (or Samhain, as it used to be known in parts of old Europe), my mind's gone Lunar.

"The moon develops the imagination, as chemicals develop photographic images." ~Sheila Ballantyne


For me, this night signifies the end of the fruiting, playful, outdoors time of the year, and the beginning of months of quiet and introspection. I fantasize having many long, moonlit nights to read, spin, knit, write, and generally develop my creativity. I also look forward to warm fires, root vegetable casseroles, festive gatherings of friends and family, and movie-nights, my Sweetie and I huddled under a blanket with a puppy or kitty lap-warmer.

"Three things cannot be long hidden, the moon, the sun, and the truth." ~Buddha


The moon's silvery glow seems, at times, to possess the x-ray-like power of revealing that which is normally hidden. Only the moon makes clear the soul-structure of our bones, not their physicality. Maybe this is why moonlight can yield access to feelings and thoughts we suppress in the daylight hours, whether they be poetry or lunacy. (And how often are the two confused!)
“See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.” ~Mother Teresa


The cold time of year often feels silent to me. And this silence somehow opens up a different perspective, a whole new world—like that catches-your-breath feeling you get when you step out early in the morning onto last night's snow. The world seems pure and new and wondrously strange. It's the closest I'll ever get to walking on the moon.
"You've got the sun, you've got the moon, and you've got the Rolling Stones." ~Keith Richards


What more can be said?

2 comments:

Darx said...

Lovely. We saw the moon on one of our early morning walks recently, and I wished I'd had my camera with me, but even if I had, I couldn't have taken such wonderful shots as these. Thank you for sharing.

CJO said...

Great moon shots. I love to stare at the moon on clear nights. Sometimes it's so bright it lights everything up like sunlight, only in black & white. Magical.