"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sunset Moonrise

A few blocks south of our house is a nursery where these lovely sunflowers were blowing about 9.10.2014.

As the sun set in the West, the sunflowers glowed in waning light.

The sun disappeared leaving pink and blue blankets of clouds behind to warm the earth.

Then in the East the moon began to rise to the North of Mt. Hood, from a bank of clouds obscuring the base of Mt. Hood.


warmly glowing,


and more,

until we could see it all, as a comforting night light,

making light of any darkness,

until it became a brighter more silvery light,

and we chased it in our car, my youngest daughter who took most of these photos, and I, so that we could see it light the night as day on the farm behind our home,

leaving its' song lingering:

I see the moon and the moon sees me.
The moon sees Somebody I want to see.
God bless the moon, and God bless me,
and God bless the Somebody I want to see.

I really think the Lord above, created you for me to love.
He picked you out of all the rest, because He knew I'd love you best.

If I get to heaven and you're not there, I'll write your name on the golden stair.
I'll write it big so the angels can see just how much you mean to me.

A Google search attributed similar lyrics to Brinkman and Merrill, but the version above was taught to me by my sisters, I think, over fifty years ago, and I am not certain of the source.  Do you know?

Gracie xx


  1. What fantastic photos - I am truly Moonstruck!


  2. Oh my, Gracie, you and your daughter did a wonderful job capturing the moonrise and the sun setting and flowers.. good job! Thank you for sharing and thank you for being such a fabulous friend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Gracie these pictures are so magical, both you and your daughter did a fabulous job capturing the moon and the magical setting surrounding it. Thank you for posting these, they are some of the best I have seen.

  4. Gracie,..... Thank you so much for sharing that adventure with me . Your photos are truly magical x

  5. Awesome shots of the moon rising over Mount Hood!

  6. Oh my goodness Gracie! Love these pictures. My favorites are the ones with both Mt. Hood and the moon rising-but they are all gorgeous. I remember that song too and singing a similar version as a child but ai have no idea who wrote it. I'm praying for a wonderful trip for you to see friends and family,

  7. What magical photos! I tried taking photos of the supermoon but they were rubbish. Your daughter did an amazing job. It was golden here as it rose, I thought that was a local effect but apparently not!
    Thank you for your kind comment over at mine.
    Jacquie x

  8. A truly magical tour, beautiful sun and surroundings quite inspirational. Have a lovely week.

  9. Good morning from Big Bear! What a beautiful way to start my day today! Such beautiful photos and words to go along with them! We do live in a marvelous world of beauty! Have a great day my friend!
    XO Kris

  10. awesome post! Loved that moonrise. Yours, over Mt. Hood, was even more spectacular than ours over ordinary homes...

  11. My mother used to sing that song when I was little. Your photos are magical, I feel like I was there too. I hope you have a good week, Gracie.

  12. Such beautiful photos Gracie thank you for sharing them. Hugs Anne x

  13. Wow those pictures are so magical. Sarah x

  14. LOVE the sunflowers--they are one of the very best things about this time of the year. Your photos of the moon, clouds and our lovely mountain are pretty awesome! I would have loved to be there to see it in person:)
    Blessings, Aimee

  15. Wow, Gracie, what spectacular photos!! That moon is majestic and you captured is perfectly. Your camera has a really good zoom lens, I have to say. How wonderful to be outside and sunset and to witness all that. x

  16. Oh how beautiful Gracie, I love the moon and sunflowers, such a wonderful visit here xoxoxo

  17. This post is a lovely read, Gracie. The photographs of the beautiful skies and the moon, especially behind your home, are magical. The first picture of the gorgeous sunflowers is amazing too. And the little verse....I remember the first two lines from childhood days....so lovely to read the rest :)
    Happy week to you all.
    Helen xox

  18. What absolutely beautiful photos! XOX

  19. Amazing photos, Gracie! I only know "I see the moon and the moon sees me, God bless the moon and God bless me" - I didn't know there was more. So glad you were able to see such a breathtaking sight. The Harvest Moon. And the autumnal solstice tomorrow (or this year on the 22nd, according to the Farmer's Almanac, but I always think the seasons change on the 21st...).

  20. I meant equinox, not solstice! (Bedtime...)

  21. Such a beautiful moon. I have similar pictures taken out in the Welsh wilds. We've been moon gazing on opposite sides of the ocean Gracie!

  22. How did I miss seeing this lovely post until now??? So peaceful and beautiful. Thank you, thank you! *hugs* :)

  23. Oh wow, Gracie. Those photos are absolutely stunning. Best wishes, Tammy

  24. Wow Gracie these pictures are just amazing ... Amazing. How glorious" I'm not sure why but your blog is not showing up on my blog roll. When it does it's all the way in the bottom. But I think I have now fought up with your posts. Hope to see you soon:)


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