Saturday Snapshot August 16: Serendipitous Supermoon

Again, it was pure serendipity. I was driving by a natural area on my way home last Sunday, August 10, when I just casually looked out my side window. The moon was mesmerizing. I did not have my camera with me, but I knew I needed to stop and capture the moment.

I parked my car along the road, got out and took these photos using my iPhone. I’m posting them just as they are, with no editing.

At 9:20 p.m.

Supermoon @920

9:21 p.m.

Supermoon @9-21

9:23 p.m.

Supermoon @923

Interesting, isn’t it? The sky seemed to have brightened as time passed.

Here’s the view as I turned around, the ‘opposite side’ of the evening sky:

Red Sky At Night

Sailor's Delight

Red Sky @926

Only after I got home and watched the news did I realize that was the Supermoon, the brightest celestial beauty we could see this summer. That night, the moon was up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a regular full moon.

And with this, I suddenly realized something … Serendipity is more likely to come to those who are uninformed. No wonder they say ignorance is bliss.


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

34 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot August 16: Serendipitous Supermoon”

  1. A wonderful observation! And your photos are lovely — that sky and the moon; what a sight! That was the night we did my birthday kidnapping. When we came out of the theatre after-show around 10 or so, the moon was incredible! I didn’t realize it was the supermoon either — I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I tried getting photos but none of them turned out. Too bad because it was unbelievable. A photograph of the heart, I suppose. So glad you stopped and got yours!


    1. Jeanie,

      I’m sure what you saw that night was quite a different atmosphere than my minimal natural scenery. A moonlit night on the town, too bad your photos didn’t turn out. I’m sure they remain as bright memories for you. 😉


  2. You are very wise. I agree. My problem is that I’m always trying to force serendipity! Crazy. You did the opposite and went with the serendipity. Thank you for this little lesson.


    1. readerbuzz,

      Umm… having to choose between ignorance and happy or knowledgable and sad could take a whole life’s time to decide. Glad they’re not mutually exclusive. 😉


  3. Your photos are perfect as they are and don’t need editing. I agree about serendipity, but I also think that people who are aware of their surroundings are more likely to observe beautiful things, just as you did. You have an “eye” for beauty!
    By the way, every week when I see your header picture, I go “ahhhh.” So serene.
    I’m getting a late start today, but my Pianos on Parade post is finally up.


    1. Sandra,

      Thanks for your kind words. As for the header pic, that was a memorable birding day a few years ago just as the snow began to melt on the lake. See the line of white spots on the top of the photo, those were all gulls and ducks. That was also the day I saw the Loon. My only time seeing and hearing one.


  4. It’s really funny to compare our “worlds” sometimes. I live among people who were chattering about the perigee moon for a week ahead of its fullness.

    Of course, this is the home of NASA, which really, REALLY likes the moon, and the home, too, of fishermen, shrimpers, and other watermen who are affected by the pull of these Super Moons on the tides. I suppose it makes sense that there would be more attention paid in places like this.

    Regardless, it’s a fact that even the old salts were sighing over this one. It was so bright and pretty that anyone who caught a glimpse was compelled to talk about it, or snap a photo, or just drink it in. I’m glad you got to experience it.


    1. Linda,

      No matter where we are, we are joined with the same earth and the same moon. If I had known about the Supermoon earlier, I probably would have been more prepared and gone out to look for it to shoot photos. However, the feelings would be totally different though. That would be stalking (like I do for birds). Now, unprepared and in serendipity, I was a grateful recipient of Common Grace. 😉


    1. Stefanie,

      The iPhone is everything nowadays, in terms of digital resources, emails, agenda, internet, camera, photo albums, voice recording, notes, clock, alarm, timer, and all the apps such as my games. However, when it comes to the Supermoon, I wish I’d my real camera with me though. 😉


  5. Well that would have been me stuffed if I hadn’t had my camera Arti, I must be among the very few these days who’s phone is only for making/receiving calls and texts, sometimes I wish I didn’t have one at all 🙂 But I’m glad you did, super shots of the super moon!


    1. Grace,

      I know people who seldom use the cell phone and someone who doesn’t even have one until just a few weeks ago. But I’m afraid for me, I’ve passed the point of ‘no return’. 😉


  6. I love the bonny moon.

    It seems like the moon on that evening in particular was glowing out of appreciation of your attentions. Like all luminous ladies, she appreciates the discerning eye.


    1. Aubrey,

      I was just one among millions of admirers that evening. And unlike many of them, I was caught by surprise. Thanks so much for your fine words, just the same. 😉


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