On July 27th (Friday) the world was to have a full moon, actually a Blood Moon to be exact. I love catching the sunrise and sunsets if the day allows it. I decided that I would definitely catch a moon rise. You know when the moon, like the sun, rises over the horizon. Most days I don't catch the moon until it is already up and after the sun has gone down. Today, I thought to myself, I am going to catch the moon rise. I googled the time for moon rise which was, if memory serves me correct, around 1940 or 7:40 pm. I had a plan and I was going to make it happen and around 7:30 I was off to make it happen.
I jumped into my truck and headed down to Manchester to see if I could find the moon. I would also hit the Harper Dock and the Southworth ferry area too. If you don't know about my little Port Orchard town those places are 10 minutes from my house and 10 minutes between the 3 places. I was on my mission and gonna have my moon rise.
My first stop was Manchester where the the water level is low and the horizon is too. If the moon were going to show up early it would definitely show up there. I have my cellphone, I have my music, I have my "camera eye" and a full tank of gas. Manchester is lovely. It is my first stop usually when I am chasing the sunrise due to waking up earlier than my alarm clock. Manchester never lets me down for a great shot. And so I wait for the ideal time. Moon don't let me down your friend is waiting for you.
I sat on the coast and watched as birds and other creatures feasted on the ocean bounty opened to them by low tide. In the distance I could see the low coastline that I knew I'd find. What I didn't see was the moon. I snapped a picture because the sight was still amazing and peaceful. Over my shoulder the sun was setting. Maybe that will be great too, but, don't get distracted Sean, the moon is what you are hunting. So I jump in the truck and head out towards Harper Dock.
I don't plan to stop at Harper because from the dock the inlet blocks the angle to where I suspect the moon will show her grand presence. A little frustrated at my first stop I keep hope alive and truck on. The sun behind me is getting close to the horizon itself. I am torn. Capture the sunset or stay focused on my moonventure? Ugh, this is complicated. Stick to what I plan or make adjustments as I go? As I drive the road tells me what I should do.
Pulling over the side of the road on my way to the Harper dock I find the sun brightly saying goodbye for the evening. I couldn't pass up a chance to at least enjoy it a bit especially with the moon being kind of rude at my first stop. The blackberries are growing wildly on the side of the road and the sun lights a way to its glory. I must capture this which I do as you can see.
As I watched this for a moment I decided that I wanted to play with the sun a bit. I mean, like I said, the moon was being a bit rude so why not. Why not make the best of your time, right? So here I snap another picture at the same spot. Now, I am look at contrasting pictures from the
spot. Hmmm, should I just sit and watch the sky turn amazing colors? The moon didn't show up at its scheduled time after all. I love black and white photos. My friends like them. I can share my joy of this spot watching the birds, listening to the fish and seals breach the water. The cars zipping by and all. No! I have a mission to find the moon on the horizon. I jump back in my truck and "Ease on Down the Road!"
As I roll on I am wondering if I am going to catch the moon. Where should I go? I think maybe I'll head towards Gig Harbor by way of Banner road. Yes, I am going to swing through Harper and head on down to Gig Harbor. Don't be deterred Sean! You will find that moon dagnabbit. That self-talk will make it all great I am sure. I carry on forward.
My wheels roll along the road, my country music blares as I sing and enjoy the changing skyline a little bit at a time. My focus is on the moon. I am dedicated to my mission.. I will not be left out by the moon. She is big, she is full of herself, she knows we all stare at her. She is being coy and evasive. I will find you moon. I will.
I pass the Harper dock where the fishermen and fisherwomen (is that a thing?) cast their lines for whatever it is they catch off the dock. The moon is still a no-show. A Seagull flies along side my truck and cars whistle by heading in the other direction coming from the Southworth Ferry. As I drive another image catches my attention. I need to keep moving but I must stop.
The water was like glass and the trees are
radiant. I stopped in the middle of the road, don't worry no one was coming behind me, and snapped this picture. I could sit here and enjoy the view. The sounds, the smell, the warmth of the evening and all that goes with it. But, if I did I am sure someone would be honking at me since I was stopped in the middle of the road. Wait... Focus Sean you have a mission. I hit the gas and head on up to Banner and turn left. Yes Sir! I thought. Onward I go.
By this time, I am thinking I have been slowly talking about my journey. I'll fast-forward a bit and say I hit banner and drove the long road towards the water and the T-intersection at the end of it. I know that I will find the moon at one of these places. Right? I mean the moon is a lovely mistress she shows up every night. Well, she is there but the Washington skies like to block her out with clouds. It is frustrating not seeing the moon.