Blood Moon

Blood Moon

A blood red moon
Hangs in the night sky,
A rare sight
Precious few have seen

The blood moon from earlier this evening. I’d been looking forward to the eclipse all evening but was a bit worried for a while as it was quite overcast but luckily it cleared up enough to see it and for me to take some photos.

Apparently it’s quite a rare occurrence and I couldn’t help thinking afterwards about how relatively few people have seen it across the centuries and what they must have made of it. It must have been quite startling for people from less advanced cultures to witness. But captivating as well. The kind of thing you can easily imagine might have created stories and myths over time.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Morning in Swansea

Swansea

Sitting with my thoughts
My mind wanders to past times
And where you are now

I was in Swansea for an appointment this morning and had some time to kill, so I went for a quick walk along the waterfront near the bridge. It was very peaceful and the water was this incredible clear blue. Definitely a nice start to the day.

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

Spider Moon

Spider Moon

In the dark of night
A spider waits patiently
For its prey to come

This spider has taken up residence on our back veranda for the last couple of weeks. I’m usually a bit squeamish about spiders and would have tried to shoo it away by now but I’ve left it alone as it’s not hurting anyone and there have been quite a few less mosquitos and insects around since it has made itself at home.

It was a lovely big moon last night and as I was photographing it, I noticed the spider was almost in my line of sight so I quickly lined it up with the moon to take a shot. It was tricky as there was a very strong wind and the web was dancing around, so catching the spider lined up against the moon was difficult, particularly as I was using a telephoto lens. This one came out quite well though and I really like it.

It reminds me a little of that scene in Tim Burton’s Batman, where the Batwing appears against the moon. Maybe if he’d made a Spider-Man film instead we’d have seen something like this in it.

Spider Moon in Black and White

Spider Moon in black and white

Photos and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

Sydney Twilight

Sydney Twilight

Oh harbour city
Look how your beauty sparkles
As the night sets in

I took this a few weeks ago, looking toward Sydney Tower and the Sydney CBD from near Queens Park. It was a beautiful clear evening and I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Just a quick note as well – my domain name seems to be down at the moment so if you’re having problems with any of the cjlevinson.com links, that’s why. I’m hoping to get it fixed today so it should be back to normal soon.

Photo details: Olympus E-P3 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6
1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

Drifting Clouds

Cloud in Black and White

How would it feel
To float like a cloud
In the sky?
Could I see heaven?

Clouds drifting in the sky. I’ve always found clouds interesting and can watch them for hours sometimes, just sitting and thinking, watching them go by in the sky.

There are some more photos on my Facebook but I like this one the best. I thought these formations were rather interesting and I like how they came out in black and white – it reminds me of ink in water or smoke drifting in the air.

Photo details: Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6
1/500 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 200

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Branch in Black and White

Branch Against the Sky

We are all branches on
The tree of life;
We blow with
The winds of change

This is from a tree just outside my flat. It’s quite a small tree with very fragile, spindly branches and I noticed it blowing madly in the wind a few days ago while taking some sunset photos. I really liked the silhouette it made against the sky and thought it would make an interesting black and white image. I find it quite striking in a minimalist kind of way.

Photo details: Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6
1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 200

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

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