“High Moon” – What a Night for Van Gogh!


Tonight was the first full moon of 2010 which was the biggest and brightest full moons of the year, some are calling it a ”supermoon.”

The spectacular moon is closer in orbit than usual at this time of year. So much so, that it is 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than normal.

After reading this information from the Huffington Post late tonight, I decided not to miss out – even though it was already one-in-the-morning and only 20 degrees outside (balmy for this time of year)! I grabbed my good friend, my down coat, my point-and-shoot camera (please excuse the amatuer night photos!) and gathered my small herd of dogs for a moonlit walk – never mind the recent mountain lion sightings in my neighborhood…

It was magical. The ‘high moon’ hung over us surrounded by a swirling halo of dissipating clouds. I couldn’t help but think of Van Gogh – he would have been inspired by this scene.

(Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh)

Nights like this are some of the reasons why I live in the Rocky Mountains. The crisp snow underfoot, the brisk night air, and the hushed silence of the untamed mountains lit by a ‘supermoon’.


2010-01-30T02:37:17+00:00 January 30th, 2010|General, Inspiration & Motivation, Misc. Articles|6 Comments


  1. Wordpress Magazine Themes January 31, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I saw the full moon as well. We were having a HS reunion that time. We were so busy chatting up with each other that no one has ever mentioned about the moon

    • Lori McNee February 5, 2010 at 12:29 am

      It must have been a fun time under that moon! I missed my HS reunion last summer 🙁 hope you had a great time seeing old pals. Thanks for the comment. ~Lori 🙂

  2. alaskanravenart March 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post. I love studying the moonlight. It’s a different world at night and is very exciting to try and paint it. It has it’s own set of challenges.

    • Lori McNee March 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed this little post. It would have been fun to try and plein air paint that evening…but, maybe next time. Thanks for the comment and I hope to see you here again. Lori 🙂

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