Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Sunday Selections #303

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  I am turning to the sky again this week.  This week was the Super Moon (though there is apparently another in December).  I missed the last one because of cloud.  And as Monday afternoon wore on, it looked as if I was going to miss this one too.


We had cloud for much of the day, and the skies opened around four.    A little while later, a glance out the window showed me a rainbow.  Which I love.

So I was out the door.

Not only a rainbow, but a double rainbow.  Bliss.




And then it grew, and spread across the sky.




It was still raining on and off, so I didn't have great hopes for the Super Moon.
But around eight we got lucky.  There was a small break in the clouds. and lunar beauty on display.










Two unexpected treats in the one evening. 

147 comments:

  1. She who gets to observe the astronomical delights is very lucky indeed. Thanks for sharing these excellent images with us!

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    1. D.G. Hudson: Thank you. From a photographer of your calibre that is high praise.

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  2. Now that was a rainbow. Don't think I have ever seen a more vivid one.

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    1. donna baker: I adore rainbows, and will stop what I am doing to watch them anytime.

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  3. The rising moon was lost to me.We did see it, briefly, while dinner was under way. And the moon next day was beautiful - a shimmering golden orb ,floating gently down behind the palms. But I did not go out with a camera.

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    1. dinahmow: I was on call the next night so only caught occasionally glimpses of it from the window. You are right - it was lovely.

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  4. Fantastic setting of a double rainbow, excellent EC. And there was a lunar sighting, I love that as well.

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  5. Beautiful! Rainbows are so quickly gone - you did well to catch this double one. And every one of the moon photos is different - and lovely.

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    1. jenny_o: Almost all sky beauties disappear in a heart beat don't they? Rainbows, sunrise, sunsets...

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  6. Lovely photos. It makes me want to get my camera out again.

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    1. Terry Stynes: I hope you can. I hope you do.

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  7. A perfect day of celestial wonders.

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    1. Marie Smith: It had been a long, tiring and sometimes frustrating day. The wonders above me were a real treat.

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  8. EC definitely I love a double rainbow the moon is too scary

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    1. Gosia k: Scary? I am fond of the moon. And love rainbows.

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  9. The double rainbow photos are gorgeous!
    From my deck I have an incredible sky view. I got to enjoy the super moon all night . (Mainly because we are in a horrid drought and i can't buy a cloud in the sky. It made for lovely moon watching but I had much rather have been blocked by rain clouds)

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Having lived through far too many droughts I understand exactly where you are coming from. Rain is precious. Life giving. Magical. And I hope you get some soon.

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  10. The double rainbow pics are fantastic!!

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    1. fishducky: Thank you. It was lovely to watch it spread across the sky.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I was lucky wasn't I?

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  12. Photos of two of Mother's best gifts. I think flutterbys are number three.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: I love so many of nature's gifts that I cannot choose a favourite. Butterflies are right up there though.

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  13. I love your moon photos, very dramatic and beautiful with the clouds. The double rainbow is spectacular however.

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    1. Strayer: I really didn't expect to see either - and was so grateful when I did.

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  14. Nice job. We had a beautiful super moon, but I didn't get out there for it.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Thank you. I have often tried (and failed) to get shots of the moon that I am happy with.

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  15. Wow . . . those are magnificent photos my friend.

    I'm back but only in a different way which you'll be able to see if you decide to click on my name.

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    1. Lon Anderson: Thank you. I have found your new blog.

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  16. Super-duper! A couple up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland decided they'd climb part way up on Mt. Tibrogargan (one of the Glass House Mountains to view the super moon...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tibrogargan

    Of course, one of them, the female, got into trouble; she got stuck on a ledge, unable to mover either which way - and others had to risky their own safety to rescue her!!

    I hope you have a great week, EC...cuddles to the two Js. :)

    When does the man of the manor arrive back home?


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    1. Lee: I am so over extreme sports and the like. Danger and excitement for some, and then danger for those who have to help them. And expense for us all.
      Himself is back.

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  17. Both are beautiful gits from the earth.

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    1. Birdie: They are, and I am very appreciative.

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  18. Beautiful rainbows!!!!! Here it turning colder and some cloud cover, but mostly today there has been a chilly sunshine! I need the light and so appreciate the sun!Have a good week ahead.

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    1. Bookie: I need light too. I can do without heat, but light is an essential. I hope this week is kind to you.

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  19. Rainbows! I needed that, EC. And we had clouds but none of the beauty yours provided. Thank you. :-)

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    1. DJan: We all need rainbows. Often. Hugs.

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  20. Great rainbows.
    We missed the super moon to much cloud cover.
    Merle.....

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    1. Merlesworld: We thought we would miss the super moon as well. And got lucky.

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  21. We had cloud cover, so missed the moon. You did really well with a notoriously difficult object to photograph.

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    1. Andrew: Thank you. And thank goodness for digital cameras. There were multiple shots which went in the bin.

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  22. oh what thrilling rainbow shots!!!!!!!!

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    1. Cloudia: This, from the rainbow queen? Thank you.

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  23. Beautiful :-)

    We did not have the rainbow but the supermoon was quite stunning.

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    1. CherryPie: Welcome and thank you. The skies give us some amazing beauty don't they?

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  24. Quite a wondrous contrast. the rainbow and the moon

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    1. Martin Kloess: And less than four hours between them...

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  25. OMGosh.OMGosh.OMGosh. Such glorious happenings in the sky. And you got to see them! Wonderful!

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  26. 'Two unexpected treats in the one evening.'
    ... and what a treat in seeing your photo's. That double rainbow is fantastic.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~ Jan: Thank you. It really was amazing watching the rainbow spread across the sky.

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  27. Great rainbow shots. It looks like a big soap bubble encasing you.
    The moon is my favorite thing to look at in any phase, especially when it first rises and catches the gold of the sun. I'd love to live in a tower with an eastern view of the horizon. I guess I need to move into a lighthouse. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: Living in a lighthouse has a LOT of charm. For a number of reasons.

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  28. I love the double rainbow shots, they're gorgeous!
    But I'm a bit jealous of your fabulous moon shots, the clouds make them so interesting to look at. When I went out, our clouds had disappeared, so my moon shot is a bright white blob on a black background. Like a drop of paint on a sheet of black paper.

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    1. River: I know exactly what you mean about the bright white blob moon shots. I have taken LOTS of them over the years. Lots and lots of them.

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  29. Great shots! Our skies have been permanently covered with clouds for so long now - I'm sure I have an incipient Vitamin D deficiency.

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    1. Alexia: How nice to see you. I was worried about you. And hope your clouds lift.

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  30. Rainbows are soul awakening.
    You captured the lunar beauty amazingly .specially thanks for this because I really missed super moon.

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    1. baili: I had never heard that definition of rainbows. I like it, thank you.

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  31. It's so good of you to notice my recent absence! I was asked to manage the end-of-year secondary school national exams for our area. It has meant a great deal of administrative work even before the exams began, and at the moment we are only one third of the way through the actual sessions. It means long days - 8.30 to 5.30 - almost as bad as being un-retired! - and is fairly exhausting. I am very much looking forward to the last exam.
    I hope you're feeling well x

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    2. Alexia: I am glad you are ok, even if tired and longing for the last exam. Which I think that everyone involved always does.

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  32. I was SO delighted that you have stopped by several times, even though life has been so crazy I've not had time to visit you. I've certainly enjoyed looking back at some of your previous posts, and I have to say you picked an excellent example of letters of note to quote. I'm still laughing.

    Your double rainbow is stunning. Very impressive, in fact. But your moon shots are simply over the top. I like them so much better than mine because yours are so atmospheric and moody. The clouds definitely made all the difference.

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Welcome and thank you. You are right about the clouds. At first I thought they would prevent us seeing the moon, and then I realised that they set it off beautifully.

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  33. Hi EC - those are wonderful photos ... and to see a double rainbow - it happens occasionally ... then the SuperMoon - we caught a brief glimpse as we came out of a talk and headed home ...

    Those are amazing photos - and I'm sure you could create some wonderful Halloween cards/images from them ... so good - fantastic you were able to catch them so clearly ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: It was our lucky night wasn't it?

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  34. That's something to behold that rainbow...

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Wasn't it lovely. I do love a rainbow...

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  35. Wow, those photos are stunning, especially the rainbows. I saw the super moon for a couple of moments before it disappeared behind clouds and it looked just like your photos. Truly beautiful!

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    1. Jackie K: It was a beautiful sight, and I am so glad that the camera captured some of the magic.

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  36. Love the double rainbow! And great shots of the moon - I've never been able to get good moon shots. You're very talented, EC!

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    1. Dawn@Lighten Up!: These are the only shots of the moon that I have ever shared. The rest have been woeful. See River's comment and my response.

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  37. With the rainbow and the moon you must have a lot of good fortune heading your way. And what kind of camera do you own. I can never capture the moon.

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    1. Grannie Annie: The camera is a Panasonic Lumix, and is smarter than I am. I am still (a year later) learning its ways. I think my good fortune came from seeing the moon and the rainbows. Hard to ask for more.

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    1. weekend-windup: I do. Always. We don't see them often and I rejoice each time. No rainbows where you are?

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  39. I don't know which I like more, your double rainbow or the shots of the moon. Usually we miss all the great celestial displays due to cloud too, so I understand all too well your expectation that you'd miss it. So glad you didn't, those are great photos!

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    1. Carolyn McBride: We have had a very damp and cloudy spring. I welcome the rain, but did expect to miss the moon. And got lucky. Twice.

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  40. OOOOOOO,
    looove the double rainbow.
    This is the definition of "HOPE!"
    xxxx

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  41. That double rainbow is lovely! I won't even joke about it. They arc over each other so well.

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    1. John Wiswell: They did. And to be able to watch them spread was incredible.

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  42. I LOVE rainbows. I always feel so lucky when I see them. Your pictures are awesome- and a double rainbow too. :) I am excited for you that you got to see the super moon. It was cloudy here, but I saw it for a while later in the evening. It was stunning and so are your pictures!!!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Thank you. I love rainbows too. Each time I see one I smile. Broadly. The moon was a bonus. A big bonus.

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  43. It's raining really hard here, so these were an extra sweet treat. Thank you.

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  44. Your photo gives a whole new meaning to Somewhere Over the Rainbow! Moon Shots were exceptional.

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    1. Susan Kane: Over, and under the rainbow. A joy to see.

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  45. I was lucky to get a view of the super-moon as I was driving home from work. The best view here was between 5:30 - 7:00 pm. I also, saw a rainbow this week hovering over the mountaintops. It was not an arc though it was more of a halo shaped rainbow. I had been crying in my car, so when I saw it made me smile and filled me with hope.

    The capture of the double rainbow is symbolic in so many ways.

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    1. Truedessa: I am so glad that the rainbow came at the perfect moment to relieve your pain. A gift. A generous gift.
      I had to look up the symbolism of a double rainbow and understand that the first arc represents the material world, and the second arc signifies the spiritual realm. Nice to see them so close together.

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  46. Oh my, how fortunate you were to witness two tgreat sights. A double rainbow is a rarity and if always fills a person with positive feelings. I hope it brought you luck that day.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Seeing any rainbow makes a day a good one. Two? Bliss. And perhaps it was the rainbow which cleared the skies enough for us to see the moon...

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  47. I can see this double rainbow and super moon shots as a great omen. So lovely to see your world

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    1. farawayinthesunshine: Thank you. They were both a joy and a treat.

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  48. Those rainbows are remarkable. The moon pics aren't too shabby either. You do good work.
    R

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  49. When I managed to catch a glimpse of the moon, it didnt seem much more special than a lot of other times. Which makes me sound unappreciative but really I think we often get a good view from our house so I'm a bit spoilt.

    I'm glad you had those moments of joy and especially pleased they were a highlight in a tough day

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    1. kylie: Thank you. I am a fan of the skies, and marvel at them often. On good days and bad.

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  50. I'm clapping. A double rainbow means double luck and double treasure at the end of those arcs. I do believe that's true. Did you see the super moon? I could not take my eyes off it. What a show the old moon gave us.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I was inwardly clapping too. At the rainbows and at the super moon. Huge gifts. Wonderful gifts.

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  51. Wow !!! nice picture of double rainbow!!!

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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    1. krishna: Welcome and thank you. Rainbows are good. Double rainbows are excellent.

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  52. Those pictures of the moon are AMAZING! Those are like some Halloween Stock Photos right there. :)

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    1. Robert Bennett: Thank you. We don't celebrate Halloween so the link hadn't occurred to me.

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  53. Wow, a double rainbow. So pretty. And the moon...I love the moon.

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  54. I've never seen a double rainbow, that looks amazing. Well done for capturing it so well too.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: We see double rainbows a couple of times a year. And do happy dances each time.

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  55. These are all great pics, but the one with the cloud ribboned across the moon....so wonderful and eerie.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. Clouds are always a winner. Clouds AND the moon? Bonus.

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  56. Bummer that you took down your "unchallenged truths" post as I was excited about reading it.

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    1. Snowbrush: It will go up again later in the week. I suspect your excitement will be short-lived though. Old Wives' Tales rather than political/economic/religious truths.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Thank you. Lovely to see you back in the blogosphere.

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    2. Thanks. I've been grooving on G+. You over there?

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  58. Awesome shots! My goodness, that double rainbow is epic...but your close ups of the moon are just as fabulous. Super beautiful.

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    1. Crystal Collier: Thank you. We were so very lucky that night.

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  59. Dayum. I finally figured you out. You get such enjoyment from nature. I must, must, must step outside.............I'm back.

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    1. lotta joy: Yup. I do get immense pleasure from nature. And work. And frustration. And healing.

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  60. That moon! And those rainbows! Speechless.

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  61. Vauuu and vauu, how magnificent rainbow. And you succeeded with the super moon, fantastic.
    I didn't see it, because the sky was very cloudy.
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: We didn't expect to see the moon either. There is another next month - so perhaps you will see it then.
      Have a wonderful week. Hugs returned with interest.

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  62. Seeing a double rainbow, not to mention getting a photo of it, is so special! And the moon - so gorgeous.

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    1. Lynn: Rainbows come under the category of too many would be barely enough for me. I love them, and always stop to admire them.

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  63. I'm super late to the party but what a party of photos you have. I'm not sure which I love more the double rainbow or the moon. There's just something about moon photos that are so intriguing and mysterious. Beautiful photos, E.C.

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  64. Your rainbow photos are absolutely beautiful. The colors show exactly the kind of mood I like - dark with light. Fantastic. I'm glad that you could see the supermoon as well.

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    1. Carola Bartz: It was amazing to see them both on the same day - and so close together too.

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  65. Rainbow and moon shots are a surprisingly awesome combo!

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    1. HBF: They are aren't they? And such an unexpected combination.

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  66. Wow! Rainbows and the moon. Both really fill me with joy!

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  67. Incredible photos as usual! I keep seeing rainbows after storms. Hopefully that's a good omen.

    Biggest hugs to you.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Thank you. Both for the compliment and the hugs.

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  68. wow, the sky really turned it on for you... great captures!

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    1. Anna: The sky really turned on the treats didn't it?

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  69. Absolutely beautiful images EC, they'd look awesome printed up as a series, I love the way the clouds show time, if you know what I mean

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    1. Kim: I do know what you mean. Though there wasn't a lot of time between those images - it was windy and the clouds were scudding across quickly.

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  70. I don't know what is going on. On my side-bar blog list it shows you have a new post up...."Unchallenged Truths I Learn in Childhood"...but when I click on your blog...it doesn't show up.

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    1. Lee: Sorry about that. I put it up by accident, before it was complete and then life got in the way.

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    2. Thanks...EC....I thought there might be something amiss with my blog etc.

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  71. Beautiful...How are you doing?

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    1. e: Thank you. Patchy but ok. As I am sure you understand.

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  72. Yours are better! *moons at the moon, laughs, hugs her and legs it* Xx

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    1. All Consuming: I wonder how many people have mooned the moon? Hugs.

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