Terri of Second Wind Leisure always inspires me to press on, past being too busy, having too many trials, dealing with sorrow or pain. She does it all and still posts Sunday Stills each week – internet or no internet. This week Sunday Stills examines the celestial regions: sun, moon, stars and clouds, and UFOs. I’m kidding, no UFOs, but her first picture is very interesting!

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”

Deng Ming-Dao
Moon Shot #1

Tiny Photo Tip

I found out this week from Cee Neuner why my moon shots with my Canon Rebel are not as clear and precise as a regular point and shoot camera or cell phone. First of all, my lens is old, but more importantly it is long. What little light there is has to go through a long dark valley of the shadow of death. So what you see are ghostly pictures of the moon. You can barely see a celestial rabbit in the moon.

“Yesterday I inhaled a cloud, and immediately my eyes started raining.”

Jarod Kintz
Wake up sleepy heads.

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Coming up

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

Now It’s Your Turn

Check out more great Celestial photos in Terri’s comment section or easier still, click on her list to visit all of last week’s Stills Community. Thank you Terri for all the effort you put into each Sunday Stills post.

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60 responses to “#Sunday Stills: Be Still and Look Up”

  1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

    Great advice from Cee. I hope you have an opportunity to get some shots with your new camera on the next full moon. I do love the first shot with the miniature lights wrapped around the palm in the foreground. Those blue sky shots are incredible! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Lisa. How are you doing. Three more days, right? You can send me a text or email. Thinking about you!

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      1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        I’m doing okay. Had my pre-op today. Blood work, EKG, saw the doc. I got a temp. handicap parking pass. Woop Woop! Good til October. I have to go back to the VA in the morning to get my knee cart to get around. Surgery is Thursday! 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You’ll do great. You’re super strong. Stay healthy in the mean time. 🙂

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          1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Thanks Marsha! I can’t wait to get stronger. I’m missing my hula hoop. LOL! 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            There you go. My waist is missing your hula hoop. LOL

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          3. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            LOL! It won’t be long now. You need to get you a hula hoop and we can hula hoop together to the oldies. 🙂

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            LOL. I can’t even hold one up. Cindy said she’s pretty good. It would sure be good exercise. 🙂

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          5. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            It’s all about the core and great exercise. 😊

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            Oops. That’s my weak area! 🙂 LOL

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          7. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Uh oh. Guess we got some work to do when I get better. 😂

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  2. Toonsarah Avatar

    Some stunning skies here Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sarah. We had some stunning skies in CA.

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  3. Jim Borden Avatar

    the wake up sleepy heads photo is fantastic!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jim. When I got up on time, there were some beautiful shots to capture. 🙂

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        the early bird catches the sunrise…

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, this is true. You don’t find too many of those kinds of shots in my portfolio. 🙂 LOL

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            I’m a morning person, so I have always been partial to sunrises…

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            We get up, my husband especially. He’s up by 4:00, but we don’t always get outside.

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          3. Jim Borden Avatar

            4:00 is a little early for me:)

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Not for our kitties.

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          5. Jim Borden Avatar

            for the most part, our dog waits for us to get up…

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            Lucky you!

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          7. Jim Borden Avatar

            but then she spends the rest of day in a constant search for food…

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            Sounds like me! LOL! 🙂

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  4. Mabel Kwong Avatar

    These are brilliant images all round, Marsha. You did very well with your moon shots despite your lens. You worked with what you got, and I liked how the ghostly moon turned out round, yellow and glowy. The softness surrounding your moon photo makes it all the more peaceful, comforting and welcoming. Also really enjoyed the sunrise shot. It’s almost as if the sun can’t wait to spring out into the sky and greet us all. Hope you are well and take care 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Mabel, what a lovely comment. Your words could easily become a poem. Here’s a quick 3-2-3 Haiku from your words.

      ghostly moon
      yellow
      soft, glowy

      comforting
      peaceful
      welcoming

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      1. Mabel Kwong Avatar

        You are so skilled at writing and that haiku was so deftly put together. I like it. Well done, Marsha. Hoping to see more creativity from you 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Give me some more words. You created that Haiku. I counted syllables. 🙂

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          1. Mabel Kwong Avatar

            You are so kind, Marsha. It was you. I just provided you with some help 🙂 Keep writing.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks, Mabel.

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  5. Sunday Stills Challenges – #Celestial – Cee's Photo Challenges Avatar

    […] This last photo I took when the moon was out during the day with my iPhone 7. I cheated on this one Marsha. […]

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  6. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Wow!! Brilliant shots!
    This is such a great theme.
    I will continue to experiment wiith this topic (stealing from your great examples).

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Donna. I like the topic, but I’m terrible at night shots. I haven’t tried any with my new camera yet. though. 🙂

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  7. Debbie Avatar

    I love your moon quotes Marsha and your captures of the moon are fabulous! Cloud photos are some of my favourites too :). Nicely done and thanks again for the promotion of Story Chat coming up soon!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Deb. I loved the moon quote, too. Using quotes has now become a regular part of my blog posts. I have a broad choice of intelligent sayings from someone who has said something so much more concisely than I can say it. It then guides my thinking, which has, by osmosis, become more brilliant. 🙂 LOL! 🙂

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  8. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    your pics of the moon and words are a 10 ❣️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Cindy, really? A ten??? Wow. I’ll take it! 🙂

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  9. Denyse Whelan Blogs Avatar
    Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Just lovely to see and read “always look up”…we humans need to detach from the mini and small (worries too) and look UP far more often. So many stories from the skies.

    It was a bit exciting seeing my name come up here too Marsha!

    Denyse.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know, Denyse. I’ve been feeling the same way all week. 🙂

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  10. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Those skies are amazingly beautiful. You’ll get the moon yet. 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know I will. That tip was eye opening! 🙂

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  11. Cathy Avatar

    Lovely moon shots, Marsha and those skies! So you use a short lens for the moon? I’ve always tried with my long lens 🙄

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      How did that come out? First of all, it’s hard to hold the lens still if it’s very long. I’m going to try it soon with my new Sony and see if I get better results. 🙂

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      1. Cathy Avatar

        The ones I posted were all taken with a long lens, some came out better thsn others.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Interesting point, Cathy. You must have a good lens. What I got from Cee is that because of the make-up of the lens I had, less light got through. I have yet to try night shots with my new camera, and I don’t have a long lens on it.

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          1. Cathy Avatar

            Ah, I see. It’s dependent largely on the particcular lens.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I’m sure. that is true. 🙂

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  12. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    First of all, thank you for your kind words, Marsha! Isn’t it wonderful to learn from excellent photographers like Cee and others? The best thing about moon or night photography is to try and fail and hopefully get the one fab shot that makes your day! And you did! Love that quote about the moon, too!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Face it, Terri, the whole post was celestial!! LOL 😜😜😜

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  13. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    Great photos! I’ve been trying to get a good moon shot too… not yet, unfortunately.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Mine aren’t fabulous, but that’s partly why I posted them. I’m hoping to get better ones with my new camera. Maybe we can work on it together.

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  14. Tom Avatar

    I love these photos, Marsha. The colours are wonderful! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Tom. Don’t you love it when you can see something in the clouds?

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      1. Tom Avatar

        😳 Oh yes!!! 😊
        Sorry, I was so taken by the colours, I didn’t notice anything else… but Superman is clearly there! I’m always seeing things in the clouds; I can’t believe I missed this one! 😊🤣

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks. I’m glad the colors took you in, Tom. It gave Superman a chance to slip by unnoticed to do his work in secret and take off again. Well done, Tom. 🙂

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  15. Jacquie Biggar Avatar

    I love the Jarod Kintz quote and your photos are lovely!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks and thanks and thanks, Jacquie.

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