We spent this week still waiting on the carport permit. This is so frustrating as it's about length of nails, amongst other things, a not understanding all the rules before getting into the game, and a city that doesn't appear to have enough employees to cover those needing permits getting them in a timely manner. If we were in the county, as we had been when we bought this place, the contractor would already have the carport built. As it is, process puts him and us on hold and not a thing we can do about it as any rushing the gun and starting to build without a permit and inspections would lead to a $500 fine and maybe having to undo what had been done. The power is in the hands of those who have no reason to worry about our schedule.
Enough whining on that. We had two things interesting-- to us-- happen this week. One happened to everybody. The other was just for us.
The first day of spring was Wednesday and along with it a full moon that is called by various names. Most common is worm moon. It's that because warmth brings earthworms out from the soil. But come on. That's not a pretty name for a beautiful full moon. I prefer one of its many alternates-- Crow Moon.
They say there won't be another full moon on the spring equinox for 11 years. Seems all of these moons have something that won't be seen again until some distant time. I guess this particular combination last happened in 2000.
That was a pivotal year in my life but not sure it had much to do with the moon. As for 11 years before the next, at my age, I might not be here (at least in this body). If reincarnation is true, I could be back but would I want to as things stand?
Maybe reincarnation is not a choice, but if it is, I'd have to think about it as after 75 years building up this life, starting all over doesn't have much appeal. Some consider reincarnation though to be a curse, not a blessing-- like you have to keep going until you get it right, which means all of us here did not get it right previously (that would explain a lot). There are several theories on it though-- another being that there are those who choose to come back as enlightened souls to try and improve the world. Do I believe any of that? I am one of those who just doesn't know. You do hear people talk of old and new souls though. Pure speculation either way even for those who have memories, which could be explained many ways.
Back to my topic, this full moon was the thing that happened to everyone. We wanted to capture it in photographs, which proved interesting in terms of how to get what you want in one photo.
Do you think what you see in a photo must be true? That's an irony of our time that photos are supposed to prove things. They don't have to. Photoshop now puts altering photos in everyone's capability, where in the past it was done in dark rooms and took the skill of an Ansel Adams to do what can now be done on a computer.
The Crow Moon was a good example. The photo on top is exactly as it was seen and because the sky was rather light when it was rising, the details of the moon and the clouds showed up. The one right below here is also just as the camera captured it-- but not as the eye saw it. The camera lost the moon's details in order to capture those of the clouds.
So this is where photo-shop can come into play. I left this one alone because I liked the glow and how it threw across the sky that beam of light. I had though other options, individual moon shots that did show the detail.
So what you will see next will be first the original photos, all taken by Ranch Boss, and then how I copy pasted in another moon shot of just the moon, on a different setting, at the same time. Because the shots varied for color, I altered the moon a little to make it fit the clouds.
In one, I had the moon the same size as it had been. In the other, for a mystical feel, I made the moon the size of its glow. In a way, they are all exactly true... and in another, they are not. Kind of like life.
Each are pretty in their own way. So which is truest? In a way both.
I had one other thing to share but this has gone too long. Next Saturday-- the thing that was interesting for us but not everybody. And I hope by then, we will have the permit and work begun on the carport... *fingers crossed*