logoI love the moon – I’ve always been fascinated by that big lantern shining so softly and magically. The full moon is a time for letting go of things, if you’re a lunatic like me – a person who believes that the cycles of the moon affect us profoundly. I plant and harvest by moon phases and I certainly recharge my crystals by the light of the full moon.

Are you a photographer who’s excited about the super moon this weekend? Here are some tips for shooting the super moon. They suggest you use a point of reference so that it looks like this

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courtesy Robin Ohia CNET

Without those rocks in the front of the picture you wouldn’t be able to tell that the moon is much larger than normal.Photographing the moon is far from easy. A couple of years ago I was up in the Himalayas, at the Valley of Flowers, without a tripod. The moons was full and so intensely luminous that the light bounced off the side of the sheer rock faces increasing the glow in the valley. We were in tents with lanterns and it was lights out at 9 pm. Here is my offering –

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And here, for your enjoyment a Pablo Neruda poem

‘One time more, my love, the net of light extinguishes’

LXXXIV From: ‘Cien sonetos de amor

One time more, my love, the net of light extinguishes

work, wheels, flames, boredoms and farewells,

and we surrender the swaying wheat to night,

the wheat that noon stole from earth and light.

The moon alone in the midst of its clear page

sustains the pillars of Heaven’s Bay,

the room acquires the slowness of gold,

and your hands go here and there preparing night.

O love, O night. O cupola ringed by a river

of impenetrable water in the shadows of Heaven,

that raises and drowns its tempestuous orbs,

until we are only the one dark space

a glass into which fall celestial ashes,

one drop in the flow of a vast slow river.

 

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