Moon set

Moon Set

This morning I actually slept in a bit. Normally, I am up by 0430 or 0500 for work, but today it was 0630 when I ventured out and I am glad I did. Taking a peak outside revealed a gorgeous full moon setting through a bit of cloud cover and flying birds. I ran upstairs, grabbed my camera, long lens, and tripod to catch a few shots before the moon disappeared behind the clouds.

For those who know, things in the sky move and change very quickly. A couple minutes can change the scene dramatically. Most times I don’t even bother trying to get a shot because I know that in five minutes the shot will no longer exist. Today I had just enough time.

In making the effort, it reminded me something I know, but seem to keep forgetting: I need to make sure I take time for distractions. Too often, life envelops us with chaos and the constant need to rush to get things done. When in that mode, we only glance at the sky, or the inspiring scene, and continue on our way. Just like the moon, our brief chance to enjoy the moment sets and disappears beyond the horizon. It took me only a few minutes to set up and capture the shots. The other things I need to do just had to wait for me to enjoy something else for a change.

Extra credit for those interested in how fast the moon crosses the sky. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) site has a short post that explains why the moon will travel across the sky at different speeds.