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By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Updated on October 7, 2014

Moonlight Photographs

Are you fascinated by the moon? Do you love to catch a glimpse of the full moon or stay up late to catch a lunar eclipse?

This lens will highlight my photos taken of the full moon on several different nights. It will also show some photos that I took of the total lunar eclipse in 2007.

I have added links showing moon rise times and lunar eclipse table for those that are interested.

Sit back, relax and enjoy some views of the beautiful moon!

all photos by mbgphoto

My Adventures in Photographing the Moon

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The moon is always an interesting subject to photograph. While we were in Florida in March of 2009, I was delighted to find there was a full moon that I could easily photograph from our balcony. The moon shining over the water made a very compelling photo opportunity.

The first night I was caught off guard by it suddenly appearing in the early evening sky. I ran for my tripod and camera and was able to capture some great photos. The next night I assumed it would come out at the same time, but to my surprise it was much later when it first appeared.

Now I was curious, I pulled out the newspaper and looked for moonrise times. I was surprised to see that the times varied considerably (by more than 30 minutes) each night. Each night it rises later, till finally it is rising in the early morning hours. I'm not quite sure how I got to be 60 years old before I discovered this fact. I guess I never paid attention to it before.

I hope you enjoy sharing my view of the moon!

Full Moon Rising over the Ocean - moonlight and seascape

This was a photo I got the first night I saw the full moon over the ocean. This photo was taken a little after 6 pm.

Full Moon on a Clear Night - glistening moonlight

March 2010 Full Moon- Early Evening

This photo was taken at the same time as the one above, only about an hour earlier in the evening. I love the way the moon seems to change as the evening progresses.

Later evening photo of Full Moon - golden glow from moonlight

Moonlight Products from Amazon

Moonlight Products is a common theme for many products. You will find music, movies and even some body splash.

Full Moon on Cloudy Night - moon peaks through clouds

The second night was rather cloudy, but the moon still peaked through the clouds. It gave the sky an entirely different look.

Moon through the Clouds - moonlight slips behind clouds

I love the way the moon shines through the clouds. Since there was heavy cloud cover near the horizon, it was later before I could get any good photos.

Full Moon at Night

This photo was taken several days later and after it was fully dark.

December 1st was a beautiful clear night and I decided to take an early evening walk in my neighborhood. I took along my camera to take photos of the Christmas decorations and was delighted to see a beautiful full moon. We had a late frost this year so there are still leaves on some of the Bradford Pear trees. This photo was taken of the moon just over the top of a tree.

December Full Moon - full moon on a clear night

Lunar Eclipse

Photos taken August 28, 2007

In August of 2007 there was a lunar eclipse. I set my alarm clock and at 4:15 am I went outside and set up my tripod and camera in our driveway and waited patiently. I was rewarded for my patience by the great views I got of the lunar eclipse. Starting at 4:43 am you can see the photographs that I captured.

Lunar Eclipse Photographs - August 28, 2007

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Popular Moon Songs

Songwriters have long used the moon in song lyrics. There are some great songs like: Blue Moon, Moon River, The Light of the Silvery Moon, Kentucky Moon and many others You can listen to these songs and more at Moon Song Lyrics

Harvest Moon - photo of moon reflecting on lake

This photo of the Harvest Moon reflecting on a nearby lake was taken on October 4,2009. The Harvest Moon is considered to be the full moon nearest to the autumn equinox.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

by Ray Noble with Snookie Lanson

By the light of the silvery moon,

I want to spoon, to my honey I'll croon love's tune.

Honeymoon, keep a-shining in June,

Your silvery beams, will bring love dreams,

We'll be cuddling soon,

By the silvery moon.


Fireworks under the Full Moon - moonlight and fireworks

This photo was taken on July 5, 2009. I was able to capture fireworks under the full moon. I didn't have my tripod handy so it's not quite as clear as I would like...but I still like the effect of the fireworks under the moon.

Do you have a favorite story about a full moon or a lunar eclipse? Or perhaps you'd just like to stop by and leave a comment.

Moon Light Comments - I'd love to hear from you

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congrats on a well deserved Purple Star!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      5 years ago

      WOW... very impressive. Once again Mary Beth, I hate to say but I love photographing the moon also. Very beautiful photo's!!

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      5 years ago

      I love all things about the moon, but have found the silvery moon difficult to photograph except when there are clouds to contrast it with... or the harvest moon when it's still a part of the horizon. " Good job.

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Fabulous photo.... I like "Full Moon on Cloudy Night"

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @KathyMcGraw2: The photo of the Super Moon was taken with a 300mm lens at F8 for .6 seconds.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      Love the full moon photos, my favorites are the ones with the clouds. What speed did you set your camera at? Aperature and Shutter speed?

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      There's nothing else like moonlight - staggering beauty - thanks.

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      7 years ago

      So beautiful photos on this wonderful lens. 5 moon light loving stars for you .. dear lovely lady :)

    • howtocurecancer profile image


      7 years ago

      Lovely pics!

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      unique photo collection. amazing pictures. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      What awesome photos! I love your cafe press and zazzle stuff as usual! Why does the moon rise at different times? I always wondered why sometimes I would see it in the morning.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful photos! The one looks like the sun! Amazing!

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      7 years ago

      Oooohhh my! What a wonderful treat to discover By the Light of the Silvery Moon! I think I don't want to leave. Absolutely beautiful! I'm pleased to let you know that I learned about the varied moon rise times before age 60, just now ~ not much before 60, but I got in under the wire.

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      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great moon photos. I love the one on a cloudy night.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful photos of the moon.

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      Louis Wery 

      7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      I feel fortunate to find this lens today! My wife and I are getting ready to photograph sunsets in a Florida wilderness area. We want to practice before we return on Thursday to photograph by the light of the full moon!

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I love photography, so I'll have to try some of these moonlit shots. Lovely.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Gorgeous photographs, as always, Mary Beth. I envy you being in Juniper, Florida right now where you can attend St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training games.

      When we lived on Tybee Island, GA we used to go down to the beach every full moon (weather and sky conditions permitting) and watch the 'moonrise'. It's such a magical sight to see the moon come up over the ocean and reflect on the water.

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      Holley Web 

      8 years ago

      I just had to come back to this wonderful, beautiful lens and *dust* before time ran out. Happy New Year, Mary Beth!

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      8 years ago

      Gorgeous!!! I love them all! I miss watching the full moon rise over the ocean.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful photos! Last night several friends on facebook were commenting on the full moon because it had a ring around it. So we were all going out in the yard looking at it. My grandson said maybe the moon was broken. :-)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      These are just beautiful! Wonderful full moon photos, and I love the eclipse photos too. I remember seeing a lunar eclipse like that, maybe it was that one! Great job!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Wow! These photos are gorgeous!!! It would be impossible to choose a favorite. I love the all!

    • staceyconway profile image


      8 years ago

      Found you through a comment on one of my lenses. Glad I did - these pics blow me away. I absolutely love the full moon over the ocean pics. I have never had much luck w/ my nighttime shots of the moon. it's always REALLY small and blurry in the pictures.

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      Joan Hall 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Beautiful one, Mary Beth! I'm going to lensroll this to my Moondance lens.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow, awesome photos of the moon! I saw the full moon last night and wished I could take photos - now I've got yours to look at. Thanks!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I love the color of the moon in your photos! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful photos! Your lunar eclipse pictures are very cool! :)

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      8 years ago

      You are so talented. Have you sold any of your photos? The moon is very special to me and I believe you have captured her essence perfectly. 5*

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      [in reply to JaguarJulie]

      You are absolutely right! I have added a video of Doris Day singing By the Light of the Silvery Moon! Thanks for the suggestion!

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      8 years ago

      You know I think the only thing missing is a youtube video with 'by the light of the silvery moon!' Very nice!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Your photos are mesmerizing me. Wow!

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      9 years ago

      Your photos are spectacular!

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What beautiful pictures!

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      Mary Beth, this is just beautiful. I can see sitting with someone special under that moon. The one of the moon through the clouds is just stunning. As always, a beautiful lens!

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      drifter0658 lm 

      9 years ago

      Mary Beth...this is absolutely stunning. The golden tint adds so much mystique. No wonder so much love is born under the moon.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens, Mary Beth!

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 

      9 years ago from FL

      Beautiful photos Mary Beth, another great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Love the one with the firewroks!

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      9 years ago

      Exquisite photos! **5**

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

      Thanks for sharing


    • CarolWingert1 profile image


      9 years ago

      These are such beautiful photographs!!! You are amazing with the camera!!!!

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      9 years ago

      Love the pix -- especially Full Moon At Night. :)

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      9 years ago

      Great photos!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Beautiful photos, beautiful the lunar eclipse photos. I always get up at odd hours to see celestial events too. 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Awesome Photos. These would make a great coffee table book with all your lighthouses too. Great work. I love your title

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      9 years ago

      Very beautiful photos. Mine never turn out that good. Like the lens too.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      9 years ago

      I love your photos. These are just beautiful!


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