December 14, 2008 · 12:51 pm
The full moon hung like a huge ornament over the Christmas lights of the Country Club Plaza shopping center in Kansas City on Saturday. When we rounded the curve of Ward Parkway in our car, the sight was breathtaking. At a red light on a bridge over Brush Creek, I jumped out and snapped a couple of shots. I knew they were blurry, but we'd stopped traffic so I couldn't get any more. A woman, who had walked onto the bridge, was also photographing the scene. "Isn't it crazy beautiful!" she exclaimed. I agreed. Next year, I'll set up a tripod and take a proper photograph. This year, you have to pretend it's a painting by Claude Monet.
The full moon adorned the glowing Bloch Building on Saturday. You can see the moon in the center between the trees. Actually, this photo was taken one day after the moon was full, but it's still an impressive sight (much more so in person, really!) On Friday night, the moon appeared 14 percent bigger in our sky, because it was at its closest point to Earth this year. It was also 30 percent brighter than some other full moons during the year, according to space.com. The moon makes a trip around Earth every 29.5 days, but the orbit isn't a perfect circle. On Friday night, the moon was 221,560 miles (356,567 km) away. The average distance is 238,855 miles (384,400 km).
You can't see the moon here, but the Bloch Building creates its own glow. The Bloch, a new addition to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, houses contemporary art.
Moonlight illuminates the sky above the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City on Saturday. One of the Nelson's four giant shuttlecock sculptures, by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, looks as if it just landed on the front lawn. There are four shuttlecock sculptures among the many sculptures in the Nelson's sculpture garden, including a dozen monumental bronzes by Henry Moore and a cast of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin.
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8 responses to “Full Moon”
Very nice photos, as always!! The snow on the page adds an elegant touch.
Your pictures are always so beautiful and the full moon was awesome. We had fairly nice weather that evening.The Bloch building does look like a full moon, nice touch!!
We missed seeing the moon as we were in the thrall of yet another appalling night (and yes you’ve guessed) of severe rain!
oh beautiful! i just love the full moon and lucky you, you got a picture of it:)
Your moon pictures are fantastic! Keep the great cosmic pics coming!!
The Bloch building looks like an amazing ice sculpture – Gorgeous!
Where can a print of “Full Moon” and the Plaza lights be purchased. I live in Shawnee, Ks., about 15 mins. From the Plaza. The family Glass Co. installed all the glass in the Nelson Adkins Project as well.
Thanks for visiting, Marilyn! Very interesting about your family’s glass company. Did they install the Bloch Building glass at the Nelson-Atkins museum?
Here are some of my Kansas City photos of the Plaza and Nelson-Atkins.
This is a collection of my Kansas City photos.