Halloween / Hunter’s Moon
I can’t tell you how much I love living in the country. We have the best of both worlds. We live in a tiny village surrounded by open fields and forests as far as the eye can see, so we have the comradery of community but the peace and solitude of the hinterland.
Recently I was out walking the dog and I happened upon some deer that were grazing quite close to the road. I managed to snap a few photos, but my long lens is not the best and the final photos were a bit grainy. For the last week the weather has been gloriously sunny and not too cold, so I went in search of more deer. The forests around us are teeming with deer so they are not hard to find. Getting close enough to take a decent photo is another matter, though. I stalked a deer across an open field for almost an hour, but each time I got close enough it bounded away. The sun began to sink and the cold began to bite my fingers, so I called it a day. I was disappointed, but there would be other days, I knew.
Just as I got back to my car I noticed the sun touching the horizon. Some of the fields had recently been ploughed and the crows were looking for worms. It was a beautiful scene and I paused to take some photos. Happy that I had at least some nice shots to show for my efforts I turned to get into the car. While I had been busy snapping the sun a huge moon had appeared behind me. It glowed a gentle orange and was almost as bright as the setting sun. This particular moon is called a Hunter’s Moon, apparently. I could see why – if I was stalking deer for anything other than photographs I could have continued for hours by the light of this moon. My night-time photography is still not the best, but I snapped a few shots regardless.
Both photos have a slightly eerie quality, so I thought I’d share them today. Happy Halloween, folks. Stay safe.