Jack-o'-Lantern Moon

October 31, 2009

20091031 – Saturday - Jack-o-Lantern Moon
Rick Stankiewicz
Summary Author: Rick Stankiewicz, Jim Foster; Lee Anne Willson

The photo above shows an eerie full Moon  above Lac Seul (Seul as in ghoul) northern Ontario, on June 18, 2008 -- it was taken a little before midnight. The far northern location and the proximity to the summer solstice causes the Moon's path across the night sky to be rather low and of short duration compared to full Moon's occurring at other times of the year. When I snapped this picture, I immediately thought of Halloween and yet this spine tingling night was still months away. The glitter path, a multitude of perfect reflections of the Moon glinting off small wavelets on the lake, and the silhouetted spruce trees add to the spooky effect. Note the beguiling contrast between the horizontal cloud bands passing in front of the Moon and the vertical shafts of light on the lake’s surface.

Happy Halloween!