Friday, April 14, 2017

BEETHOVEN´S MOONLIGHT Taken by Miguel Claro on April 11, 2017 @ Borba, Alentejo, Portugal

The moon has inspired over the centuries not only astronomers and scientists, but also poets, painters, writers and musicians, such as Beethoven who wrote the “Moonlight Sonata” in 1801. The April full moon is the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (it’s the first fall season full moon in the Southern Hemisphere). Also known as the Pink Moon does not actually turn pink, not even when it´s rising above the horizon when normally can be seen more yellowish orange than white due to the layers of the atmosphere. In fact, the moon never changes its colour. Similar the other “moon names” it was originated in Native American traditions of keeping time based on lunar phases. The Pink Moon owes its name to pink flowers called wild ground phlox which bloom in springtime and become widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada this time of year.

This single shot shows a beautiful moonlight scene inspired by musicians like Beethoven, and was captured in Borba, Alentejo, where we can see this April Full Moon rising in the background against the silhouette of a young women who is holding with love her violin in a small hill of a marble

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