A Tim Burton full moon (photo)

Doesn’t this gorgeous full moon look like something filmmaker Tim Burton might order up? 

Moon and clouds a la Tim Burton

Actually, this is last month’s full moon (December 2012).  I had completely forgotten I’d photographed it until today, when I was working with some other pictures from my camera.

Here’s another photo, shot just a minute or so later.

Tim Burton moon - 1

Although its overall look doesn’t appeal to me as much as the first photo (I love the illuminated cloud strata in that one), I like how the moon in this second photo appears to be entrapped inside a thorny cage. 

What’s actually going on is that light from the moon was SO BRIGHT that evening as to completely obliterate the branches’ silhouettes where they crossed over the orb — thus, creating an impression of individual tree “fingers” clutching at it.

Cool, right?

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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2 Responses to A Tim Burton full moon (photo)

  1. Jessica Slavin says:

    These photos inspire me to want to take a photo of the big old trees in front of my kids’ school. This morning I was thinking about how they are even more beautiful (to me anyway) in winter, when you can see the structure of the branches. Maybe tomorrow I’ll pull out the camera on my phone…

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