Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | May 17, 2011

What a Marvelous Night for a Moondance

The scene: 5 a.m. Sleeping…and dreaming about having something terribly wrong with my ankles ~ I could not move them and it felt like they weighed a ton ~ and the doctor was sending me to the hospital for emergency surgery.

Then, just before the surgery, something in my psyche came to the realization that the issue was actually caused by a feline problem, rather than a medical one, and I roused to semi-consciousness to remove the cat resting comfortably across my legs.

That done, this same cat insisted on going outdoors, so I groggily climbed out of bed and opened the door.

The scene that met my eyes as I opened the door was worth the bad dream and being awakened at 5 a.m.

The full moon hung low in the jet black sky, painting the still Gulf backwaters white with shimmering moonbeams.

It was an image you would have expected to see on a postcard ~ not in real life.

I went back inside and opened the window shade to show the scene to Keith.

It didn’t take more than a few minutes and we were both dressed, had camera in hand, and headed outdoors to take in the view as our cat scampered about the campground.

We stood in awe of the beauty before us, and made a feeble attempt to capture the image with our out-of-date little camera…

Full Moon at Cedar Key

This morning, over coffee, we were discussing whether or not our beautiful moon was indeed full, or if it would be “fuller” this evening.

A quick google on the subject took us to this website, which provided the following quote posted on Monday, May 16th:

“Your calendar probably says that full moon is Tuesday, May 17, 2011. But – depending on where you live and what time you look – you might see a fuller moon tonight. That’s true for us in North America. Full moon falls at or close to sunrise on May 17 for us. So tonight’s full moon is slightly more full than the moon tomorrow night – even though the calendar says that tomorrow is the full moon.”

This morning, though we are a bit sleep deprived, we are thankful for bad dreams and sleeping cats, which provided the opportunity to experience the magic of the full moon at Cedar Key.

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