12.27.2015 The Full Cold Moon of Christmas Day 2015

Well, if truth-in-advertising applies then I have to disclose that this isn’t a cold moon.  But that is what the December full moon is known as so who am I to change that.  It was at least in the 40° range and possibly 50° and once again there was fog in the air.

Full-Cold-Moon-over-Belchertown-from-Enfield-Lookout-122515-700WebMost of you probably have heard that a full moon on Christmas day is a rare occurrence.  I was lucky to get this and did a couple more on Christmas night from the foot of my driveway.  It was pretty cloudy and I didn’t expect to see it at all, but for a moment seek beat out hide and I got to see it one more time.

Full-Cold-Moon-with-clouds-2-122515-700WebWhile I had the chance, I slipped on the 300 with the 1.4 teleconverter to get a shot of the moon between those clouds.

Full-Cold-Moon-with-clouds-122515-700WebEven with the 300 and 1.4 TC (420), this is still a strong crop.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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31 Responses to 12.27.2015 The Full Cold Moon of Christmas Day 2015

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    Nice shots! For us we had too many clouds and rain, and no moon.

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  2. Jim Ruebush says:

    I like those. We are on alert for a winter storm with a few inches of snow, up to .5″ of ice, 2″ of sleet, and 40 mph wind gusts. Welcome back winter.

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    • Two days on now, I guess you are done with the storm. Ours was not all that big a deal although the local authorities did try to prepare for the worst. Driving was not terribly difficult but by the time I got home the inch or so of snow was packed solid by sleet and I’ll have to wait until it warms up tomorrow to clean it up.


  3. I’m in awe of the first two photos and I really admire the B&W with the starburst effect of the street lamp.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    It certainly wasn’t a cold moon here. It was beautifully clear and lovely to see. Hopefully I will be around to see the next Christmas full moon in 2034. 🙂

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  5. willosworld says:

    Magical & mysterious!

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  6. The warm-toned circular glow in the midst of all that gray makes for quite an effect.in the first photograph.

    I like your statement that “seek beat out hide.”

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  7. Amazing moon shots, they are all quite spectacular.

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  8. We’ve been spoiled, until now, with weather that has reminded us of early spring or late fall. Tonight and tomorrow promise to bring us to our senses. I’ve got no tractors anymore with which to work … a new snowblower will have to suffice. I’ve got my fingers crossed and my boots dried and warmed. D

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    • Yeah, the change in weather is a gut check. But warmer weather, so to speak, will return for a few days.
      Will you be getting a small consumer yard tractor? It will be good for the rocks that New England farms grow in fields for walls to be built.


  9. These are so beautiful – clever you.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    My favorite is the second, with the implied competition between street light and moon. Who started the competition’s an open questions, I suppose, but I can hear “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” playing in the background.

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    • Along with that jazz we were talking about, another record my family listened to was…

      As I mentioned to Yvonne above, I enjoy shooting with the lens that created the starburst street light and, even better, I only had to walk to the end of my driveway to do it.

      I’d say it was the moon starting it as the street light was lit earlier so the moon came along and made the challenge.

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      • shoreacres says:

        That song is the best. And I had to grin at how applicable this quotation from Annie is: “Aim at a high mark and you’ll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.”

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  11. I love all these captures and each are of a different mood. The first one has a magical, holiday feel to it and the fog below the mountain is fantastic. Love the moon and lamppost along with that starburst. The fact that you took it right out your front door is brilliant! And of course, the moody black and white photo has to be my favorite.

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    • Thank you, I.K. The first one took a little getting used to for me as it is a little beyond the expected but I’m over that now and like it a lot. Glad you do too. I knew what to expect from the other two and wasn’t disappointed. I contemplated converting the second to black and white but decided the green stands out so left it alone.


  12. Here I am playing catch-up..these are wonderful. I really like the one with just the moon, and the one from your driveway was fun with the light rays coming off the street light.

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