Shooting the moon

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But what about those moments when you encounter the most breathtaking scene but can’t photograph it?

Last night leaving work was one such moments. It was just past 5 o’clock, and the clear sky was filled with one of the most absolutely stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life.

Rounding a curve in the interstate, I gasped audibly upon suddenly seeing a harvest moon hanging low on the horizon like a scene straight from a film.

The sky in the direction I drove was a deep, blushing pink, and in my rearview mirror the sky was a neon orange. 

In that moment, caught up with the harvest moon and pink sky in one direction and orange sky in the other, all I could think was how badly I wished I could photograph this scene to share with you guys. 

But I was driving by myself, and even if I had been in the passenger seat, I’ve found that shooting the moon is very, very difficult in terms of getting the right lighting and focus.

So, I’m painting a picture with (fewer than) 1,000 words for you guys.

And hey, at least I got to my destination soon enough to snap this photo of the tail end of the sunset.

Until next time,

xoxo Charlotte


  1. I always get bummed when I don’t get a chance to photograph nature’s beauty. But, then I remember Sean Penn’s character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He traipsed across Asia to photograph a snow leopard, but when he finally sees one, he just enjoys the moment, never photographing it. It was such an eye-opening moment in film for me. It made so much sense to me, what he did and said. It helps me remember that sometimes it’s OK to not always capture the beauty I see on film. I just sit back and revel in the moment.

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    • I have never even heard of that movie (which is not at all shocking, seeing as I live under a cinematic rock), but your description of that scene and its meaning is really poignant. Your words are true, and I need to keep this sentiment in mind more often. I will be the first to admit that I can sometimes get too caught up in wanting to photograph life.

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  2. I went five years working at the airport trying to get such shots of fascinating skies, but a phone camera simply doesn’t do. They’re good for selfies and sod all more really. They aren’t even good for photos of my son when he’s doing something extra cute. I’m obsessed with attractive skies and the sun and moon are often features of such, but have you ever seen Venus when she’s at her closest pass to the earth? It’s spectacular! I adore the night sky, especially when several planets are visible at once.

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    • I figured you would enjoy the topic of this post, Paul, as I know you are into astronomy. I unfortunately have not seen Venus passing the earth closely yet, but it does sound spectacular. And I agree about the night sky. That is one of the perks of living more out in the country rather than near Nashville’s city center, since we don’t have too many bright lights around us to crowd out the stars.

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      • The Yorkshire Moors aren’t far from me at all so I do have places to go in order to see the delights of the night sky, but opportunities to get there are few and far between these days sadly

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