This is Ernie. He and Ethel live on Strawberry island. This months moon is called a “Cold” moon. (Oak moon sometimes) I’m glad I was able to get these shots, as they would turn out to be my only moon shots! Nothing but cloud today onward. So we will not be able to see the Cold full moon on Wednesday?
Ernie looks so stoic. Ethel was right above him. They are beginning to pair up as mating season is about to happen.
53 thoughts on “THE COLD MOON”
Good to meet you, Ernie! You complement the cold moon very nicely.
Ernie gives you a big CHIRP right back Liz!
Snow snow snow coming our way this week–you get it first then us! Spectacular photo of Ernie contemplating der mond!
Canadian snow is the best snow as It’s coated with maple syrup!
Gorgeous photo, Wayne! I love how Ernie seems to be contemplating the moon: how well will it help me to find a midnight snack? 😉
Ernie doesn’t late snack ……he orders in actually! He’s got the “Salmon to Go” app on his phone!
That is a marvelous shot.
thank you Anne!
Wayne, if this is the only photo shot you get for some time, it is worth it. Ernie’s stoic stance at the cold moon is fantastic.
thanks Hazel, sometimes all I need is just one.
Yes!! You’re welcome, Wayne!
As always Wayne a great wildlife shot compliment by your composition of the bird in the environment.
I love Ernie’s presence…
me too, because half the time I cannot find a eagle perched properly! They have to be perched so I can get the moon in behind them.
Ernie saved my butt!
well worth all the time and trouble too!
A great picture, Wayne. I love moon pictures as you know.
Such a great photo of Ernie. Thanks for sharing this.
my pleasure Peggy!
Wonderful photo! How do you tell him apart from your other eagles? By where he lives?
yes, the only eagles that will be in a given geographic area will be the owners. It takes awhile of watching their movements to determine where the boundaries are.
Lots of bird watching!
yep, they are active birdies!
I like how you captured the moon. Brilliant Image!!!
Ethel and Ernie – perfect names. :)
A family lives on Strawberry island. Someone many years ago shot one of the eagles! One of the children found it on the ground. It wasn’t severely wounded but did need medical attention. The young girl named it Bert and of course the other Ernie.
She wrapped up the eagle for the night to immobilize it for the night but It managed to wriggle out of it’s straight jacket…………and crap everywhere!
So I kept the name Ernie but named the other Ethel.
A regal eagle and “his” moon. Tonight look up in the sky and see the Cold Moon pass in front of Mars – just heard that on the 8:00 p.m. news and you don’t need a telescope. We will see nothing as it’s cloudy tonight.
I think they mean near because If the moon passed in front of Mars we wouldn’t be able to see it?
I just looked at the two meteorologists posts from yesterday that I got in my Twitter feed and both posts are gone – now it’s not like they run out of space, so deleted their Tweet. It had a picture of a the tiny red Mars and the moon. Oh well.
looks like it starts to pass in front of Mars in 1/2 hour but It won’t matter as It’s pouring!
Now that figures doesn’t it? That happened with our last astronomy event, maybe an eclipse? It was cloudy, so nothing to see.
Stunning photo. I am nor surprised it knwn as a cold moon – it’s pretty cold in the north of Ireland right now. What is it like in your part of Canada?
thank you Emma and our weather is typical…..rainy, windy with brief periods of snow or sunshine.
That’s interesting. I had this idea that being in Canada it would be very cold and snowy in winter but I guess that’s the benefit of being near the coast.
we are in a Temperate rainforest, so all normal CDN winter rules are off!
You got a great shot, Wayne. Ernie and Ethel…how sweet.
Wayne, I grew up watching the Muppet Show and I do have to say, the moment I saw Ernie’s pose I was reminded of Sam the eagle. Capturing Ernie with a half cold moon certainly makes up for a forecast of a cloud covered full cold moon. December has proven cloudier than usual in our neck of the woods so I find I have an even greater appreciation for the times we do see the sunrise and have found myself basking with the dogs in any sunlight that pops through during the day. Merry Christmas!
good eye Beth! I always liked that uppity Sam the eagle too!
Merry Christmas to you Beth!
Your photos rarely fail to impress. Amazing photo!
Hope you’re enjoying the crisp, clear air – I imagine it must be good for photography
thank you jkaybay! I love the fresh crisp air! Of course I always dress warmly but the coldness makes me feel alive!
Yes – each season has it’s own special advantage or benefit :)
Oh so wonderful, Wayne, this magnificent moment with Ernie and the moon.
Good night, Ethel. Good night, Ernie. I think this could turn into a sit com. What do you think, Wayne?
I believe the phrase you are searching for is “Goodnight Irene”……..or Goodnight John Boy?
Could be, but where does that leave Ernie and Ethel?
perched on top of their island I suppose