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.
amazing sand sculptures, and
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.
“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.