Moon Monday - The First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021

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The topic today in my handy dandy Hive Blog Posting Month daily prompt calendar is, "Today is Clean Your Refrigerator Day - write about 3 things in yours." However, I'm avoiding looking in my fridge at all costs at the moment. Not only is it way overdue for a cleaning, it's also a bit emptier than usual since my husband is still on the job hunt. I really can't complain though - our youngest actually started working her first job a couple months back and has been able to keep us in necessary groceries for the time being. Part of me is not happy she's in this position, but the other part of me is so stinkin' proud of her that it drowns out the other part. Most of the time, anyway. 😂

So all that being said, I decided to share more moon pictures today. Especially since after mentioning in my latest Wednesday Walk post last week that the moon that day was almost officially half full (which, for some strange reason is called, "The First Quarter"), then the following night as Jim was heading out to pick up the aforementioned youngest at work, he said - "Check out the moon, hon." I stepped out the front door and saw the very cool & spooky looking La Luna dropping down below the trees and grabbed a bunch of shots.

So naturally I had to go looking for an explanation for the whole, half full = first quarter, and I did find an article on that was not at all helpful and still hurt my brain shed some light...

First quarter moon means we see half of the moon’s day side (a quarter of the whole moon), and the moon is one quarter of the way through the current orbital cycle.

Just realize this. Astronomers recognize four primary moon phases (new, first quarter, full, last quarter) and four interstitial phases (waxing crescent, waxing gibbous, waning gibbous waning crescent). Notice … no half moon.

And so you see that the process of naming things in astronomy isn’t always logical, except perhaps in a very narrow sense.


So yeah - there's that mystery cleared up. 😂

And my usual spiel before I get to the pictures - I've reduced the file size, and in some cases tweaked the exposure and/or sharpness a bit, but I haven't filtered these. The difference in the color of the moon comes from zooming in and out, and bumping the exposure up and down, not from tinting it. It still amazes (and me that what I see in the sky isn't always what turns up on my camera. These were taken with my Nikon affixed to my tripod, in my Durham New Hampshire yard.

Now here they are, in the order I took them...

Moon Monday - The First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021

1. First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021.jpg1. The very first shot when I stepped outside. I meant to look up what star was shining to the right, but completely spaced (HA!) it.
2. First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021.jpg2. The cool thing is that these actually come close to the color of the moon and moon glow at that moment. It looked like a spooky movie backdrop outside.
3. First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021.jpg3. Zooming in changes the color, and the air was so hazy it was hard to get a clear shot of the moon behind the branches...
4. First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021.jpg4. ...but after playing around with the zoom and exposure, I ended up with one I was wicked happy with!
5. First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021.jpg5. I stepped off the porch and walked down the yard a bit to try to get a clear shot without the trees in front. However again, it was so hazy that this is a clear (and as close) as I could manage. Zooming in just made it a big white blur.
6. First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021.jpg6. But zooming out a bit and moving back towards the porch netted me this shot.
7. First Quarter Moon, November 11th, 2021.jpg7. This was the last somewhat clear shot before the clouds moved back in and the moon just became a vague glowing spot in the sky.

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Amazing photos! Oh! Nikon and a nice photographer I loveuntitled.gif

Thanks so much, @mechis85! And yes, I know there are tons of awesome cameras out there, but Nikon has a special place in my heart. 🥰

Those are outstanding photography. You have captured those photography beautifully

Thanks for the kind words, @kawsar8035. 😊

Wow I love every part of this

Oh!! Your moon shots are superb! Regardless of what people say, those are hard shots to get!! Awesomeness!

Lat time I cleaned the fridge and took a picture, posted it not too long ago. How is yours coming along?


Now I know where market Friday comes from Denise, not only in is your fridge clean and organised, it's also so healthy.

:) It tastes better that way, healthy, and I can find it when it is organized!

Thank you Denise - you've given me the perfect cop out - my fridge will never look as AMAZING as yours, so why bother trying? 🤣

Seriously, this is totally a magazine cover worthy photo. And I think @livinguktaiwan is right on the money. 😊

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