Lighting Up the Night ~ God’s Superb Moon

Hidden behind the clouds

Hidden behind the clouds

With my camera and tripod in tow, I joined the throngs of people from across the globe who captured shots of the gorgeous Supermoon this weekend.  A Supermoon occurs when the moon is slightly closer to Earth than typical, with a more noticeable effect when it occurs at the same time as a full moon.  This weekend was the moon’s closest encounter with Earth in 2013, and it was full and spectacular.

Moon white

Moon, close up and milky white

These photos were my first attempt at moon shots.  Since I do not have an adequate telephoto lens, my pictures are not nearly the quality of many I have seen.  These close-ups resulted from some cropping in Photoshop.

Candlelight ~ intentionally tried to get this one to look grainy ~ has a sculpted look to me

Candlelight ~ intentionally tried to get this one to look grainy ~ has a sculpted look to me

Moon with clouds

Moon with clouds

My husband is not a photo enthusiast, but was kind enough to drive me to a place where I could try to get some silhouettes.  Unfortunately, the lighting was already much too dark for these to give me the crisp outlines of the shadows I was wanting.

nooo

Peeking behind the trees

This shot looks more like a sunset than a moonrise!

This shot looks more like a sunset than a moonrise!

Many of these pictures are grainy, which happens with a high ISO.  I wanted to experiment with the settings to learn more about nighttime photography.  The one thing I learned from my first experience at this is that I need much more practice!

Almost looks furry

So grainy that it looks furry ~ kind of pretty, though

The moon is one of my favorites of God’s creation.  I have often wondered, though, about a verse found in Revelation describing heaven.  When I read it, it makes me wonder whether there will still be a moon there.

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
Revelation 21:23

When my son was young, he and I discussed this verse and my concerns.  This discussion came about because we both love the outdoors and used to spend time stargazing.  I told him that even though I understood that with Jesus in heaven we would have His light, I would still miss the moon.

I love what can come out of the mouth of ‘babes’ when discussing deep spiritual matters.  His response to my perplexity was this:

“Mom, it doesn’t say that there won’t be a moon in heaven, just that there won’t be a need for one.”

I like that interpretation.  I am just going to trust what God has in store for us in heaven, and that it will be more spectacular than what we have now.  If not a moon, then something better.  Should there be one, though, I cannot wait to photograph it.  I imagine it will be on the order of a superb supermoon!

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29 thoughts on “Lighting Up the Night ~ God’s Superb Moon

  1. Shofar

    Nice photos, Sue! We’ve had too many clouds, but when the moon peered through it was pretty, very bright and it did look much closer to earth. The size, however, did not look any bigger than other moons I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing your story, also. I can’t imagine not having a sun or moon. Blessings ~Liz

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks. Apparently the larger size was easier to notice if you lived somewhere to get a glimpse of the moon as it was first rising above the horizon. Where I live, there are so many trees that by the time it is visible, it is already pretty high. It as lovely, though.

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  2. Island Traveler

    Beautiful capture of the Supermoon. I missed seeing it early tonight but I did get a glimpse of it this morning atg about 0300 a.m.. God reminds us of how wonderful his creation is and how much he loves us through every blessings of nature and people around us. Thanks.

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  3. Sharon J. Gramling

    I love the “Moon with Clouds” shot, Sue; the vapory wisps capture the rainbow colors encircling the moon. Great job! Really glad you shared this beauty. God bless.

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks, Toni. There are such magnificent photos online that others have taken. Was my first attempt at moon shots, but they turned out pretty anyway. God’s glory on display!

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  4. theywhoseek

    I like your son’s response . . . which then made me think . . . if the moon is such an awesome glorious sight what will the light of God’s glory look like! ~ Blessings ~

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  5. Especially Made

    Beautiful! My husband and I had a chance to do some super moon gazing. I attempted to take some pictures but I just don’t have a very good camera nor the talent. I had to be content to capture the images in my mind. But what a delight to find your photos!

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      thanks. My photos were not all that good compared to those professionals with high powered lenses, but I think they turned out fine, especially since it was my first try. Glad it was a blessing. The photo memories we store are equally as beautiful!

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