Oh swear not by the moon ….
‘Oh swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon that monthly changes in her cycles orb lest your love prove thus inconstant’. So pleaded Juliet to her Romeo in the first demanding throws of their love affair, so brief but so eternal. Change is all around us – creeping up on us in the dead of night and taking us over before we even notice. Sometimes we do notice and we protest but mostly life is too encompassing and we let it be – like the moon waxing and waning and imperceptably altering but seemingling holding an eternal rhythm. Everything changes, nothing stays the same.
I post this in to response the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge titled Change … many more worthy entries can be found here
The necessary PS: The picture was taken in winter at Milhac not 10 miles from here … my husband goaded me that the moon was an accident. It wasn’t – it was one of the first moments in my embryonic photographing life that I actually saw and shot rather than just shot and hoped for the best. I bite my thumb at thee, HB²!
Lovely post – I think the moon looks rather lonely up there in the blue sky – waiting for the stars and the cloak of night to show her in her full glory.
Cold probably too … It was freezing in terra firma, Lindy!
I love the last bit “I bite my thumb at thee” !
We had an Engish teacher for A level knicknamed ‘Forsooth Verily’ who regularly bit his thumb at the students in disgust!
He was! Complete with very unfashionable (at the time) pointee goatee beard and very fashionable (at the time) velvet jackets) he was the epitome of Shakespearean Gent and so dry he could dehydrate a teenager at 60 paces!
A bit like oneself me thinks Osyth…. 😉
But not with pointee goatee beard I would like to make clear!
That is on this occasion an absolute given 😉
Oh yes …………….change..
Me, you , Mr WBFM and many others are pondering on this right now.
As I said to Mr McM, I have flipped direction many times in what seems, in retrospect, to have been a very long and very turbulent life.
Sometimes I have changed by choice, sometimes change has been thrust upon me. but in I think all these changes have been for the better.
It’s the kiss of death to accept a comfortable rut, I think, so I will carry on carrying on and see what’s around the next big corner
I think that change is happening all the time in a life .. it’s just that sometimes it is more profound – crossroads present themselves and we have to decide which road to take. If someone wants the rut that is entirely their choice but for me it is not comfortable so I will always look away from the comfort zone. C’est individual 🙂
NO idea where random “in” in sixth line came from
I should not partake of strong ale mid-afternoon .. sorry
LOL, that’s tell in’ him! Good job😀
Glad you read the PS Tina – he just flinched when I read it to him!!!
That’s a superb photograph…that pink light in the trees! My dear old camera has packed up and I am now bewildered by its successor.
I discovered another setting on this one two years into first using it … modern cameras are bewildering but this new setting is rather fab. This particular picture I have been longing to post and it just hasn’t fitted til now – I was inordinately proud of it when I took it and it remains a favourite so I am VERY glad you like it, Helen!
I do indeed!
Love the mistletoe in the tress…..great pictures….and I am a lunar baby….so love the pictures of the moon…
Mistletoe is abundant here …. Some trees are more mistle than tree!
I think its pretty…the trees may not think so….
They seem to cope and the people don’t remove it – no culture of kissing under it here 😉
you can always start a new thing….
@”Everything changes, nothing stays the same.” – hopefully… heureusement! 🙂
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I’ve missed the Red Moon , but I might see it in about 18 years from now on… 😉
I missed the Red Moon too and the eclipse … my little half moon in the picture is the best I can do!
Gorgeously poetic in every way. The photo is a winner.
Thank you Andrew – you are very kind 🙂
Just realized you also posted about change this week. Definitely something in the air…besides that glorious orb of a moon! 🙂
The increasingly chilly air first thing in the morning, Mel!! 😉
Did you know why mistletoe is called mistletoe?
In Anglo-Saxon, “mistel” means “dung” and “tan” means “twig,” hence, “dung-on-a-twig.”
Did you know you can’t pick mistletoe in Germany.
What stops mistletoe from growing much bigger than a football?
Love the photo.
I didn’t know that, Arby and I am interested in the German ban …. Why, I wonder? As for the question about size restriction I shall ask my friend who gardens at similar altitude in Haute Loire if he has a clue. Glad the picture piqued your interest 🙂
It is also forbidden to collect in Portugal as it was classified as an endangered species in the last years . Thought you might want to know 😉
Now that IS fascinating. Here it grows in such abundance – is it to do with atmosphere or polution that hinders it, I wonder – I have no idea about relative polution in Portugal but the air is ridiculously clear here and being so underpopulated the overall carbon impact is light. Perhaps the EU could take an initiative and move some from here and transplant it to you there …. after all even though it’s a parasite, it’s a parasite full of charm 🙂
Such amazing pictures! The trees are gorgeous!
Thank you Lyn … the light was a bit of gift giving them their rosy glow under that shy little moon … and the mistletoe – well it just seems to grown everywhere here 🙂
At first I thought they were flowers, then I opened it to trees, quite amazing!!