At midnight, I happened to glance out and saw a moon so vivid, so palpable that I could almost reach out and touch it. It was suspended, seemingly, just outside my window, in an inky blackness relieved only by a few pinprick stars. When the illusion passed, I grabbed my camera and clicked away.

I shot this waning gibbous moon at 12:01 am on March 31, 2013. A “gibbous” moon is defined as convex at both edges. It occurs for several days between the full and half moons. When it appears before the full moon, it is “waxing;” when it comes after, it is “waning.” For more moon lore, see the superbly illustrated Moon Phases Calendar, and Wikipedia’s detailed Lunar phase page.

This photo is unremarkable as moon images go. My satisfaction comes from having taken it with a small camera, handheld and braced only against the window frame. Post camera, I enlarged it and sharpened it in my photo editor.

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