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July 17, 2011

Chasing the Moon


sunset at Smuggler’s Beach, South Yarmouth

This past Thursday evening I was driving to Cape Cod to visit my mother.  As I made the familiar trek over the Bourne Bridge, along the Cape Cod Canal and on to Rt. 6 or the Mid-Cape Highway at approximately 8pm, I was struck by an outrageously gorgeous full moon hanging very low in the sky.  The Mid-Cape travels east until you get to the “elbow” of Cape Cod, so I had an amazing view of the rising moon and bemoaned the fact that a busy highway on a famous vacation pennisula would probably be a dangerous place to pull over and take a picture.  The conditions would have been perfect (except for the fact that I left my tripod at home) – low in the sky, full, beautiful color, not too dark out.  No matter, I said to myself.  I’m here for two more nights, I will certainly get another chance.

Friday came and I spent the day getting LOTS of other fun pictures such as:
pink hydrangea

pink hydrangeas,

sand sculpture

amazing sand sculptures, and

interesting negative space

interesting negative space – do you see the “dog biscuits” my daughter spotted?

It was such a lovely afternoon at the beach, we decided to bring some pizza to the beach to eat for dinner and await moonrise.  Certainly I’d get a lovely shot right at the spot where Bass River runs into Nantucket Sound.


The light of day was fading.  Around 7:45pm I couldn’t see the moon anywhere despite a mostly clear sky and wide-open landscape.  I didn’t think moonrise would change all that much in 24 hours, but to be on the safe side, I called hubby, who wasn’t able to accompany me on this trip.

“Hon, could you do me a favor?” I asked.

“What’s up?”

“Could you go on that website with the moonrise data for me and check the time of tonight’s moonrise?”

“Uh, okay… hang on… the navy’s site says 7:22pm for the Cape Cod area.”

Okay now I was really confused.  It was nearly 8:00, the wind was getting really chilly and my daughters were getting really impatient.  No moon anywhere.  At 8:10, we gave up and went back to Mom’s place.

Frustrated by the lack of moon, I looked up moonrise information myself on this site.   Apparently, the U.S. Naval moonrise information does not take daylight savings time into account!  The moonrise was actually 8:22 pm.  I missed what was probably a gorgeous moon.  According to the Cape tides site, the next night moonrise would be nearly 9pm.  **sigh**  The picture was not mine to have this time around.


  1. Beautiful images, even if you didn’t get the moon you wanted.

    Comment by tedgriffith — July 17, 2011 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Ted. I’ll give it another try next month!

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  2. Okay, you need better websites. Also, if you have a smart phone, there are many apps which would have helped. Having said that, your words and photos were a delight to see and read this morning.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 18, 2011 @ 8:49 am | Reply

    • Thank you Scott, for the kind words – and the helpful advice.

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  3. Sorry you didn’t get the moon shot – but the photos you did get are beautiful! What an amazing sky in the first photo, and I can almost feel that cool sea air blowing in from that last photo! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — July 18, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply

    • Thanks Holly. It was a really nice night, even with the cool breeze.

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  4. Ooooo, ahhhh! (Especially love that first photo.)

    Comment by Kathy — July 18, 2011 @ 11:07 am | Reply

  5. LOL.. Well regardless of missing out on a bit of mooning, at least you managed to get a real nice shot from where the sun shines… or something… 😉
    Glad you had a good time at least… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — July 18, 2011 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

    • I can always count on you to find the best words for the moment in your comments Brian!

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  6. Ah well. Maybe next month. That’s the great thing about the full moon. It comes back around again every month. 😉

    You got some beautiful shots. And yes, I did spot the dog biscuits. lol!

    Comment by Robin — July 18, 2011 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

    • Unfortunately I will be 1 day shy of being back at the beach for the next full moon! The next big moon rise should be on Aug. 12 and I leave for Maine on Aug. 13! Maybe I could convince hubby to go up a day early? 😉 I was really confused at first when Meghan said, “Hey, look at the dog biscuits!” It took me a minute to see them when she pointed out that shadow.

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  7. Saw the moon rise here as well, though without the ocean to rise above…didn’t have my camera either. Oh well! I’ll remember it! Loved your Cape Cod photos, haven’t never been there it’s fun to see it through your eyes…and lens. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Dawn — July 18, 2011 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

    • Wasn’t that moonrise just gorgeous Dawn? I didn’t see it over the ocean either since I was driving down the highway at the time but it was just stunning. Glad you are enjoying the photos – more to come!

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  8. Awww, don’t you hate it when you miss a shot? BUT, I think that sunset made up for it! Love how the sun shining through the trees is shaped like a heart.
    Love that sand sculpture, were there any more?

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 19, 2011 @ 9:49 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. I will try again next month!
      Apparently there were lots of sand sculptures about a week before. My mom told me there more sculptures, but there had been a strong rainstorm the night before I arrived. This is what remained of the largest sculpture. I think I posted details of this sculpture on my FB page if you want to look there.

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  9. Bummer about missing the moon – but looks like you were plenty busy anyway. Have you tried using “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”? http://photoephemeris.com/ . It’s perfect for that kind of sunset / moonrise planning.

    Comment by Barbara — July 19, 2011 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

    • Actually Scott Thomas just told me about photo emphemeris. I haven’t installed it yet, but it does look interesting. Thanks for stopping by Barbara!

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2011 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  10. Oh Karen, that elusive moon shot! I feel your disappointment – I came home empty-handed after trying to get a picture of that supermoon we had a few months ago.

    Your words and photos made me homesick for the Cape. Have you ever eaten at the Hearth & Kettle restaurant in South Yarmouth? After my grandmother died, we’d visit my grandfather in Dennisport about once a month and we’d always bring him over to have dinner there – he loved the baked scrod and a Cape Codder for a drink. Good times…

    Your pictures are beautiful – I do see the dog biscuits! Those sand carvings are amazing! Oh dear, I have to find a way to get out there again soon…

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — July 20, 2011 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • Oh sure, we’ve been to H&K plenty of times. For a casual meal, Captain Frosty on 6A in Yarmouthport is a favorite stop. Good seafood and soft serve ice cream!
      Thank you Barbara, I hope you get your chance to get to the Cape!

      Comment by Karma — July 20, 2011 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

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