May 08, 2009

The Crescent Moon.

Today is a holiday here in Denmark. The Danes are celebrating a religious observance, that is, as far as I understand, unique to this country. It is "Den Store Bededag" and it translates something like "Great Prayer Day".
Therefore my morning is very quiet, as most of the population is sleeping in, today not being a working day. I am however heading to the lab to enjoy a short, hopefully quiet and laid back Friday. And that is exactly how I like those days to be.

Considering that I have talked about the sun this Monday, I decided to dedicate a post this week to the moon as well, which has fascinated me since childhood. There is something charismatic about its cool glow. If the sky is clear, I can almost at all times watch the lunar phases out of my windows. If the conditions are right, I can see the moon out of the window in the roof when falling asleep at night.

However, I am not very good at capturing the moon with my camera. I have tried many times, but I am not happy with the results at all. It looks so amazing in reality, but the pictures never do it any justice.

This below is the crescent moon as it was seen last week, on a clear warm evening, out of my living room window. I wish I could do better than this.


Unknown said...

great prayer day sounds wonderful- we should all do that xx

Reasons said...

Enjoy the peace at work. The pictures are lovely, your sky is blissfully dark..too much light polution here!

Gal Friday said...

I always a get a little thrill when the moon is in it's "crescent"(such a lovely sounding word, too--wonder what it is in Danish)phase.
And I think yu did quite well capturing the image of the moon, although I know what you mean as I have tried to do the same thing and felt that the "live" moon always looks much better.
Enjoy the rest of your quiet day.

swenglishexpat said...

I definitely share your fascination with the moon. BTW I appreciate your photos too; don't talk them down! ;-)

Betsy Brock said...

I love the moon...just about as much as I love birds! :) The crescent is my beautiful. It's going to be a full moon tomorrow! Something whacky always happens!


New photo? i like it. You are like a part of my iconic list, you know the things that influence me; long hair, chunky jewelry, native American touches. Happy Friday! :)


Julie Hibbard said...

I always love the moon!
And I love your new photograph!
Hope your weekend is amazing!!

sallymandy said...

The pictures you take out your window, of the moon and sunsets and trees and flowers, are really nice. I love seeing where you live. It makes me feel close to you, far across the globe! I hope you had a good work day. Going to an office when no one else is there can be relaxing. xo

Mahmud Yussop said...

The picture of the crescent moon is lovely. It makes me feel how fragile and independant we are on its appearance and disappearance .Have a nice weekend.

Zuzana said...

so true, I guess we should be more thankful and appreciate what we have.;)

=Reasons To Be Cheerful...,
I guess it was less peaceful at work than I anticipated:)
Yes, the fact that I am on the outskirts of the city, I can enjoy the night sky.;)

I think the Danes just call it half moon, nothing beautiful at all.;)
I am happy you recognize the frustration in moon picture taking.;)
Likewise I hope your Friday was great, as is your weekend.;)xo

thank you so much for that; glad you do not think they are all that bad.;) I bet you and your new camera could do a much better job though.;)

and so right you are, I definitely had a wacky Friday, even though it was a day too early.;)
Hope your Saturday is great despite the full moon.;)

wow, never been on anyone's icon list before!;)
You flatter me way too much, what a wonderful comment to read when I feel down and anything but iconic.;))
Thank you sweetie, always love when you stop by.;) xo

reading your words is filling me with vital energy; right back at you - hope your weekend is great as well.;))

thank you so much, you always leave such kind comments, they warm my heart.
Unfortunately my Friday was anything but quiet, but I am trying to enjoy a laid back Saturday instead.
Hope yours is lovely as well.;)

yes, our whole world and the nature is governed my the moon that brings in the tide and effects our life. Thank you for your always wise comments.;)

Noelle Chantal said...

Beautiful crescent moon and on a Monday, perfect sighting! And your celebration of the Great Prayer Day is again new to me. Interesting!

Yes, it's really hard to take a perfect shot of the moon. SLR cameras are good in capturing the stars and the moon. I think exposing the shot for a minute or so will give you a great shot of it! :)

Zuzana said...

thank you again for your visit, I so appreciate when you stop by and read all my posts and take the time to comment on all.;)
I need to get a tripod so I can expose the film for a longer time without the picture being shaken, thanks for the tip.;))