Friday, May 23, 2008

Ice Age

The Photographs Are Cold Comfort

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


So I can be a little bit slow sometimes, okay? But I’m a bloke, and it comes with the territory. So don’t shake your head and click your tongue when I tell you that I missed all the clues yesterday. Yup, every single clue.

It was cold when I got up. Missed clue #1. It was a cloudless sky. Missed clue #2. I could see smoke-vapour billowing gracefully from the roof heating vent of my neighbour across the road. Missed clue #3.

So, clad in my grey suit and my maroon-and-silver tie and nothing warm except my sense of humour, out I strode through the front door – to find both cars covered with ice. Ice? We’re still a week away from winter but yes, it was cold. And yes, the car doors were frozen shut as well.

But an icy Melbourne night means a cloudless Melbourne day and a blue Melbourne sky, so when I got to the station there was a beautiful crystal-clear sky daubed with pink and blue.

I did the right thing and ignored my train so that I could take these shots of the early-morning moon hanging over the station. Which of these four compositions do you like best?

I guess Friday morning is as good a time as any to moon all of you!


For other participants in Dot’s concept, go to Sky Watch Friday.

59 comments:

quilly said...

I like the first photo the best. All those angles are a great compliment for the moon.

Daryl said...

The second wait, its actually the third .. I prefer the vertical to the horizontal ... in this instance because there is much to balance the moon ...

:-Daryl

Jeff B said...

I prefer the last one. I tend to like a less cluttered look as I see in that one.

bart said...

i'd agree with daryl here... there's a good, quiet composition in that photo, uncluttered with interesting geometric effects...

keep well...

Hilary said...

I like how golden the moon looks in the 2nd shot.. but they're all wonderful.. as always.

BUT.. it's sheer LUNACY that you think you're mooning me on a Friday morning, as it's still Thursday afternoon around here.. for now. ;)

Kathryn said...

I like the third shot the best. The lines are so bold and the links in the chain so clear against the sky. And the moon looks glowy. I love it.

Rose said...

I can't pick a favorite!

Mae said...

All of them are great photos as usually.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

I always like moon-shots:) But your are just fantastic! The first one is just perfect!

Have a lovely weekend:)

Tommy V said...

cool series

Voz do meu Coração said...

Pretty pictures, excellent. Congratulations

granmal said...

Great pictures.

John said...

I like the first photo the best, but they're all great as always, David!

Have a nice weekend!

quinttarantino said...

All those angles are a great compliment for the moon.

Ida said...

I like no. 3 the best. But, then again. They are all great - together.

SandyCarlson said...

I love the circles. I love the story of ice. I love that there is none hear. Your telling of it is enough for me!

Snap Catch said...

nice catch for SWF! Hope to see you around in my corner too..

David said...

Great photos, I think they're all good in a different way. You've managed to turn a simple subject into a unique shot yet again.

I recently saw a photo that made the full moon appear to be supported by a crane. Maybe you could try this next time - moving around a little bit you might be able to make it look like the power lines were holding up the moon. But then again, in that cold you might not be wanting to move around to to get a different angle! :)

Cheers,

David Webb - Nature Pictures
~/~

Sandpiper said...

I like them all, but the angles are really great in #1.

Peggy@Mazes, Messes, Miracles... said...

I'm by no means a photographer but I would have to say the 3rd. At first glance I liked the first one.
Then I went through to choose and it was a close call between 2nd & 3rd. I'm not quite sure why...and didn't realize the lines were cable line for train! Winter...brrr! I'm where it's very hot and wishing for a cool wind! It's still Thursday evening!

I would like to thank you for honoring me by leaving a comment at Thankful Thursday meme.

Love your photography and sense of humor!Didn't see any childhood photos of your home though!!!

Ann from Montana said...

Great post DUDE...that's the U.S. version of bloke - I think...I'm an old...well at least middle aged - woman...

I like #1 and I love that you skipped the train to get the photos! Good on ya'!!

dot said...

Hard choice but I pick #3.

T.R. said...

I love the geometry of these shots with the moon as muse. Fantastic.

CHEWY said...

To the moon, Alice. Bang, zoom, straight to the moon!

Sandi McBride said...

The moon is a cold object even in summer...so I can't blame you for missing clues...very interesting pictures...cold comfort.
Sandi

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

I think they were worth the wait!

alicesg said...

Nice capture of the moon. Lovely photo. I saw two moons in the sky...lol. You can see them in my SWF. :)

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

All of them are stunning on their own artistic merits; now the moon you've captured in each of them is fabulous!!!

archiearchive said...

Evocative scenes - here in Perth we are being battered by Antarctic gales :(rvay

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Great moon shots and narrative. Excuse me, please. I have to go sit by the fire. I seem to have become chilled.

Juliana RW said...

All is great.... If my son see this, he will said..."...the moon." ^__^ :D He is 21 months.

My SWF in here Thanks

picturing said...

love the angles that u took shots.

Mine in here Thanks

Neva said...

I hope the next train didn't make you really late! I like all of them....and how long did it take to get into your icey car?

Louis la Vache said...

Q. Which of the series does "Louis" like best?

A. All of the above.

Nice series, and as always, amusing commentary. "Louis" e-mailed the link to your "Kneel Armstrong" post to his mailing list. Everyone seems to have enjoyed it - especially the Pastors!

napaboaniya said...

Dav, if my wallet permits. I'll be out on the next plane to Melbourne for winter and getting away from the hot sun here in SG. Wanna trade weather? :P

Jennifer H said...

They're all lovely, but the first and third are my favorite. The third, maybe.

Beautiful. I love catching what's left of the moon in the morning.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Cheers David...
I am looking forward to seeing your winter shots.

I pick no.2..
I don't know why..
I just do

:o) said it in a poem for you my friend...

evlahos said...

a very beautiful set

Dina said...

Ice in Oz? No kidding!?
It's like you put the moon in a cage.
Thanks for your visit to sizzling hot Jerusalem.

Maggie May said...

Shot three!
Great shots but I wouldn't miss my train for photos! I have a long way to go, haven't I?!

Aggie said...

I like the top one best! Brr!

Indrani said...

Great shots all! I never captured the Moon in my lens... gives me ideas.

Thanks for the comment at my site.

backpakker said...

I like the last..the moon does look a bit away..but it captures my attention ..lovely
lakshmi

Dancin' Fool said...

Hello David! It's hard to choose as I like all of the shots but I think the first, I like the symmetry of the telegraph pole and fixtures. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

JeFf & NoVa said...

i like the last photo that you have here... nice shot...

check out mine here:
http://www.supernovachron.com/2008/05/friday-sky-watch-catterpillar-tries-to.html

Anemone said...

I do like all the pictures, and the composition was great.. against this weeks sky.

Nice weekend to you from Norway.

nonizamboni said...

Ever so clever! Hard to imagine winter coming soon as we just lived through one of the longest around these parts.
Great set of photos.

Anne-Berit said...

Cool shots!

Bruno LoGreco said...

I have to say the third. Everything looks like it belongs, perfect picture.

nitebyrd said...

The third one. They are all good pictures but for some reason I'm drawn to the third.

Stacey Huston said...

looks cold to me.. great skywatch

Anita said...

Very beautiful moon - I love all the shots...

marcia said...

I'll just look at these nice moons Thank you:) I hope you weren't too cold I wish for the cold again in our ninety degrees here in TX

holly said...

oh i was sitting there, about to concentrate on which exactly was my favorite, which is a difficult choice, and there you go and 'moon to all of' us. oh HA HA HA.

oh yeah? well hmmm...i think i like the first one because it hit my eye like a big pizza pie. no, i suppose that's not that clever. it wants to be, but its generator didn't get enough sleep.

still, i have my eye on you, mcmahon. ;)

[it's *still* weird to think you're having winter as we're trying to find some signs of summer. it's just weird.]

[yes it is.]

CHEWY said...

What's dot in the sky?

Carletta said...

Wonderful images of the moon David!
Such a clever way to capture it.
Stay warm.

becky voyles said...

I prefer the 1st one, David. Loved the story behind it as well. Its hard to believe there was ice when we have almost hit 90 degrees this week!

CrazyCath said...

I like the 2nd and 3rd the best. If I had to choose one, it's the vertical. Both of these show a clear moon with sharp detail of the surface.

Sorry you missed your clues. Ice? Brrrr.

Musings said...

Thank you so much for visiting and spending a little time with my blog, David. I came to yours and thought right away that I liked the third one best. However, when I asked my husband, he said he definitely liked the first. Now that I see the other comments I have to smile. Looks like everybody's got different opinions.