Moon rising

With such short days, sometimes the dawn

Is a silver coin of moon instead of the sun.


It is the misty blue hour

Of moon rising

When all seems possible


As a heron skims across life’s surface.

It brings to mind a lovely verse written by Rumi:

“Some nights stay up till dawn,
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, then lifted out into light.”

Moonrise - heron

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97 responses

  1. bobbushell

    It’s really BLUE, I love the islands’

    December 19, 2013 at 14:36

  2. Some beautiful, almost haunting photographs of the lake and the mist! Truly wonderful! And then your words go with them oh so well! Phenomenal post! Keep up the good work!

    December 19, 2013 at 14:45

  3. its been cool this week seeing the big fat moon in the sky on my drive in….
    def great shots between the moon and the mist….

    December 19, 2013 at 14:57

  4. The poem is perfect for your photos.:)

    December 19, 2013 at 15:27

  5. Jim

    This time of year the moon gets to ‘know’ the sun a little better.
    Lovely photos Fiona.

    December 19, 2013 at 16:04

  6. A beautifully captured moon.

    December 19, 2013 at 16:05

  7. the heron circle is awesome!

    December 19, 2013 at 16:05

  8. Don

    Beautiful words by Rum. The images are so wonderfully mystical.

    December 19, 2013 at 16:30

  9. Beautiful photos, beautiful words. The moon has been shining into my kitchen window in the morning and making patterns on the floor.

    December 19, 2013 at 16:33

  10. Beautiful captures, perfect words and I love the moon! Wonderful post for the day as always, Fiona! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!! Enjoy!!

    December 19, 2013 at 16:44

  11. Lovely to see the trees above the mist!

    December 19, 2013 at 17:02

  12. Oh, my, simply magical!

    December 19, 2013 at 17:05

  13. I love the beautiful blue landscape of these photos.

    December 19, 2013 at 17:05

  14. The Long Nights Moon is one of my favourite moons – always shining like a beacon before passing the baton to the sun again at the solstice. You had a stunning view, with that beautiful lake and the mist rising – just lovely. And you always know just the right words to enhance the pictures.

    December 19, 2013 at 17:22

  15. Lovely!

    December 19, 2013 at 17:43

  16. I saw the moon early this morning as a silver disc, and your poetry nailed it perfectly: “With such short days, sometimes the dawn

    Is a silver coin of moon instead of the sun.”

    December 19, 2013 at 17:55

  17. “It is the misty blue hour

    Of moon rising

    When all seems possible” Those are perhaps the most beautiful words I’ve ever read! Gorgeous photos, Fi, but the words stand on their own too! Magical!

    December 19, 2013 at 17:56

  18. Such lovely atmospheric shots. The photo of the heron, in particular, goes beyond the mist and into the mystical!

    December 19, 2013 at 18:35

  19. so lovely .. the moon which is still not quite full yet was visible in the sky this morning on my way to work

    December 19, 2013 at 18:50

  20. These shots are really beautiful and ethereal. Just lovely!

    December 19, 2013 at 18:51

  21. Forest So Green

    I really like the moon and the mist.

    December 19, 2013 at 18:55

  22. Wonderful mood, I love the mist:-)

    December 19, 2013 at 19:10

  23. Gorgeous dreamy images. I especially love that first one!

    December 19, 2013 at 19:23

  24. It is the magical moody misty blue hour. Thank you.

    December 19, 2013 at 19:55

  25. Your photos have a dream-like quality to them, gorgeous! Thank you so much for stopping by with your anniversary wishes. So kind of you:)

    December 19, 2013 at 20:07

  26. Beautiful photos, I love these so relaxing landscapes!

    December 19, 2013 at 20:15

  27. Very beautiful photos and verse!Really peaceful landscape!Have a nice weekend,ladyfi!

    December 19, 2013 at 20:52

  28. each image each word so tenderly chosen… how beautiful this is… you are one wide awake human Fi!

    December 19, 2013 at 21:14

  29. Maggie May

    That’s very poetical and some of those pictures look like watercolours……

    Shortest day nearly arrived! Roll on Spring!

    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

    December 19, 2013 at 21:20

  30. I love the last shot!
    Not Nessie, right?😉

    December 19, 2013 at 21:32

  31. Wonderful shots of the moon rise.

    December 19, 2013 at 21:37

  32. Here was a huge moon here this morning but sadly it didn’t photograph all that well

    December 19, 2013 at 21:55

  33. Oh, these blues are amazing!
    And the poem is so perfect for them.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.

    December 19, 2013 at 22:21

  34. So beautiful. Isn’t it wonderful to live on/near the water!! I am so surprised sometimes to see how much your lake reminds me of the one in Oregon where we stay in the summer. So similar (if my pictures were as good as yours).

    December 19, 2013 at 22:36

  35. Hi! Nice captures. Your photos are very fantastic. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    December 19, 2013 at 23:13

  36. I love the pretty blues! Lovely moon capture! Enjoy your weekend!

    December 19, 2013 at 23:20

  37. So beautiful. I wondered at first what that wee circle was. Just amazing.

    December 20, 2013 at 00:53

  38. Pat

    Gorgeous series.

    December 20, 2013 at 01:33

  39. Pat

    A study in blue…
    All three of them are beautiful!

    December 20, 2013 at 01:59

  40. Al

    Very bluetiful! (I made that up.) How long are your days this time of year?

    December 20, 2013 at 02:00

  41. I can feel the quiet in these!

    December 20, 2013 at 03:51

  42. Gorgeous as always, I love the verse by Rumi, speaks of new beginnings, of hope, a new dawn.

    My Yatra Diary…

    December 20, 2013 at 04:39

  43. Marvellously evocative … and a breath of fresh air for those of us stuck in a downunder heatwave!

    December 20, 2013 at 04:47

  44. We are getting these rare pink sunrises that make me think of your photos….stunning.

    Snow, would you like some? I’ll send it on over.


    December 20, 2013 at 05:24

  45. Beautiful photos!

    December 20, 2013 at 05:50

  46. beautifully romantic mood…

    December 20, 2013 at 06:08

  47. Incredible shots!! I really like what you’ve captured here.

    December 20, 2013 at 06:50

  48. Your images and your poetry are such a perfect match.

    December 20, 2013 at 07:59

  49. Very beautiful Lady Fi! Have a very Merry Christmas:-)

    December 20, 2013 at 08:03

  50. The landscapes look surreal. So minimalist and yet enchanting.

    December 20, 2013 at 08:42

  51. indrani

    Lovely capture of moon rise.

    December 20, 2013 at 09:38

  52. so beautiful!!

    December 20, 2013 at 09:42

  53. Wonderful captures.

    December 20, 2013 at 09:45

  54. A stunning set of images…beautiful

    December 20, 2013 at 09:55

  55. The second image is so evocative and in perfect harmony with your words! Hugs

    December 20, 2013 at 10:00

  56. Serene and mystic blue. Lovely shots.

    December 20, 2013 at 10:36


    LG vom katerchen

    December 20, 2013 at 11:26

  58. oh my – your second image is stunning. We had to photograph the blue hour for our photography group a few months ago – mine certainly didn’t come close to the beauty of your images.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:38

  59. These are some beautiful moody pics. I love the imagery of the poem.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:50

  60. Beautiful blue sky photos!

    December 20, 2013 at 13:56

  61. Your lake looks like it comes out of a fairytale again.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, LadyFi!

    December 20, 2013 at 14:34

  62. These are mesmerizing sky photos! Beautiful shots!

    December 20, 2013 at 14:37

  63. Magnificent ~ Happy Christmas to you ~ carol, xxx

    December 20, 2013 at 15:31

  64. I am sure these are the most beautiful and unique pictures on complete database of Skywatch. In fact, the word should be one of its kind pictures.

    I am kind of lost in the 2nd picture imagining myself at that beautiful location. Keep sharing such beautiful pictures.

    Remember a quote “The sky is full of dreams, but you don’t know how to fly― The Killers”

    Have a good weekend ahead.


    December 20, 2013 at 15:59

  65. Lady Fi!
    Marry Christmas to you and your family.
    I wish you health, happiness, pleasure…
    Hug me an Oscar.

    December 20, 2013 at 16:26

  66. jensbrowndog

    Wow what a great series of blue hour captures. Beautiful blue and the Heron capture… Awesome! Merry Christmas

    December 20, 2013 at 16:34

  67. JM

    Beautifully magical!

    December 20, 2013 at 16:56

  68. A very special atmosphere !

    December 20, 2013 at 17:19

  69. Beautiful photos!
    Merry Christmas to you!

    December 20, 2013 at 21:31

  70. Looks so magical! Merry Christmas!

    December 20, 2013 at 22:10

  71. nocolebolo

    You know, tomorrow is the Winter Solstico the days begin to grow. It is an occasion of joy and celebration in different ways in different cultures.
    I wish you well, and you’re still doing extraordinary photos.

    · many hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    December 20, 2013 at 23:01

    • Yes – can’t wait for the days to get a little longer again!

      December 21, 2013 at 06:48

  72. Stunning photographs and beautiful poetry.

    December 21, 2013 at 03:31

  73. Brilliant, as always. Do you ever have an ‘off’ day?

    December 21, 2013 at 04:48

  74. Lovely! We had that moon here a week or so ago. It was magical, haunting, beautiful. Great captures.

    December 21, 2013 at 04:52

  75. I like that last heron shot – its wonderfully abstract.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    December 21, 2013 at 05:37

  76. Such beautiful sights!!!! I wish I could have such views too!! Meanwhile, have a great weekend, and Merry Christmas!!!

    December 21, 2013 at 07:06

  77. beautiful tones and place, stunning moonrise series

    December 21, 2013 at 08:41

  78. “A silver coin of moon” in the “misty blue hour” – how poetically beautiful!

    This is my last comment to you from me this year. I always scrolled down your new post with bated breath, ladyfi, and I also thank you for the kind and encouraging comment throughout the year. With the best wishes to your peaceful Christmas and healthy New Year.


    December 21, 2013 at 09:27

  79. Homesick now! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 21, 2013 at 16:13

  80. Gosh, such beautiful photos and I love your words too. I thought this matched perfectly with the atmosphere in your photos: It is the misty blue hour / Of moon rising / When all seems possible.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog – it was quite an honour to be complimented by such a good photographer as you.

    December 22, 2013 at 01:02

  81. The second photo is beautiful!
    Happy Christmas! hug

    December 22, 2013 at 02:25

  82. gorgeous and great mood:)

    December 22, 2013 at 06:46

  83. pearlmaple

    simply beautiful
    thank you for all the beautiful photos you share with us through the year

    December 22, 2013 at 07:27

  84. Magical photographs!

    December 22, 2013 at 12:39

  85. Läckert!
    God Jul på Er!

    December 22, 2013 at 18:22

  86. Så vakkert … tåke over vannet, blåtime – du fikk med deg alt!

    Ønsker deg og dine en riktig god jul!


    December 23, 2013 at 00:28

  87. What a gorgeous dawn!!! My favourite is the first image!!! But I love the whole effect, like I am turning in a circle, admiring the different views…

    December 23, 2013 at 13:40

  88. So ethereal! Lovely shots.

    Happy Christmas, Fi.:-)

    December 24, 2013 at 04:59

  89. First one is a watercolour, really nice.


    December 24, 2013 at 10:09

  90. Beautiful tones, very nice mood and photos

    December 24, 2013 at 14:52

  91. Wow, those are spectacular ‘blue’ shots!

    December 26, 2013 at 18:49

  92. 3 perfect photos!!! love it ♥

    February 14, 2014 at 22:29

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