Leuven, Belgium, taken on October 14, 2011
I’ve always loved the darkness and silence of the night and considered it to be my greatest inspiration. Often I would stay up late, well past midnight, to write and sing and think and dream. Of course, age has slowly taken its toll and staying awake even until midnight is now more of a physical burden than an enjoyment, unfortunately and regrettably. That said, I am still fascinated by the mysteries of the night and love the beauty that it offers.
Glasgow, Scotland, taken on March 20, 2015
Even in cloudy Scotland, we managed to get a quick glimpse of the total solar eclipse that happened this morning! At first I thought it just looked like another typical Glaswegian day, gray and cloudy, but the clouds decided to be merciful to us and moved along fairly quickly, opening a window in the sky for the eclipse to break through at the moment of maximum coverage (94% at 9:34am), revealing what seemed like a silvery crescent moon. The clouds actually acted as a natural protection for the eyes too, so thankfully those of us who did try to view the eclipse with our naked eyes (an extremely horrible idea, and we only did glimpse for a few seconds) are not blind. I gotta say that I was fairly surprised that we were able to see any of the eclipse at all, given our usual luck with typical Scottish weather, but it was certainly a fascinating experience!
Bordeaux, France, taken on September 21, 2013
You are the moon, illuminating Bordeaux like a chandelier. Calm and clear, you are so precious yet so alone in the darkness that’s all around you.
Bordeaux, France, taken on September 12, 2011
The rule of thirds is perhaps the first rule that I’ve ever learned when I decided to take photography a bit more seriously. I still use it quite often in my shots, but not exclusively as it limits creativity and range of composition. I think when I composed this shot of the moon above the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, I must have intentionally had the rule of thirds in mind.
The Chinese mid-autumn festival was two days ago, but we still had some moon cake left in the fridge. My favourite type would have to be the classic one with lotus paste and two salted eggs – quite heavy but so yummy!