Moon Over Lamana Hotel, Port Moresby

Simply beautiful...

After the Sarong and Talent judging night for the Miss South Pacific Pageant on Friday, 26th November, 2010, we came out of the Lamana  Hotel where the contest took place and as the crowd – the non-Gold Club crowd that is – began to leave the Hotel parking lot, I automatically reached for my camera.

The sky above was aglow with the most awesome moonlight.

As I stood and admired the moon above, I recalled as a child a song I was taught about the moon which goes something like, “…moon, moon, beautiful moon…”. That’s all I can remember unfortunately.

Awesome!

Looking up at the heavens above on that evening I also thought, “…the moon is also shining over England and over all my friends and loved ones…” – I held on to that thought. It was a moment in time. It was as if I had just left England only the day before.

Moonlight....inspiring songwriters everywhere especially in the beautiful Pacific islands...

As a songwriter, the moon and moonlight always inspire me.  Some of the most memorable songs, at least to me are about the moon and moonlight. Some of the most memorable songs are classics, in my humble opinion and they remain some of my favourite songs for as long as I can remember such as:

“Moonlight and shadows…” – Hawaii

“Moonlight on the beach at Korolevu…” –  Fiji

“Sail along Samarai moon…” – Milne Bay Province, PNG

and many more…..

Through the mango leaves...a sight to behold

Whilst people were saying their goodbyes to the MSSP contestants and taking photos with them, there was much happy noise around but I just focused on taking shots of the moon – over Lamana that evening.

Another shot of the moonlight phenomenon
Somehow the Hotel looked different looking at it under the moonlight

As I walked away, I couldn’t help thinking that just over a year ago, I was taking pictures of the moon over Middlesex, England…what nostalgia I felt.

A sight to behold...anywhere on this Earth.

I recalled a poem I learnt at Primary School many many moons ago…”The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear and the stanza where it says, “…and hand in hand at the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon, the moon. They danced by the light of the moon”.

The Girl, The Moon And The Memories…

A sight that soothes the spirit...

The part of nature that still baffles me is a full moon at dusk. During the Fall last year and in Spring this year,  this seems to be a normal sighting in the sky as I am walking to the tube station or walking home.

Coming from an island, the moon and moonlight are the symbols of romance, peace and tranquility. As a songwriter, the moon and moonlight feature prominently in my songs of nostalgia, romance, love and peaceful surroundings.

I grew up on a small island in the Milne Bay Province and one amongst Papua New Guinea’s six hundred islands. We did not have television. My family owned their first ever radio in the mid-60s.  Anyway, the moon and moonlight like the the sun, the ocean, the breezes, the tides etc are a big deal on the islands ever since I can remember. What I’m trying to say is that these things of nature were so influential in a girl’s life  growing up so far from the bright lights of towns and cities.

One of my favourite poems that feature the moon is “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear. My Grade Six teacher set my class a homework assignment: to learn a poem and recite it in class. I memorised Lear’s poem. I so enjoyed this assignment. The part that has moon in it is the third and last verse when the Owl and the Pussycat decided to get married and went in search for a ring which they found with a Pig in the woods.

“Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

Your ring? ‘Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’

So they took it away, and were married next day

By the Turkey who lives on the hill

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon,

The moon,

The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.”

The words of the poem and the lilting rhythm has remained with me ever since.

Moon Over Middlesex: The Wonder Of God’s Creation

I came back from a welcome service for the interim Minister for Queensbury Methodist Church on the evening of 6 September and a wonderful uplifting sermon on ‘new beginnings’. I was really on a high spiritually and was so grateful in my heart for the message. It was an awesome sermon and it really touched me. As I got out of the car in the driveway I looked up and what I saw just took my breath away.

"How great Thou art..."
"How great Thou art..."

I ran into the house and grabbed my camera to take pictures of the full moon over Middlesex, England. As I took shot after shot the words of this song came to me: “O Lord My God, I am amazed with wonder, when I see all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars I hear the roaring thunder, Your power throughout the universe displayed….How great Thou art, How great Thou art’ .

Breathtakingly awesome!
Breathtakingly awesome!

I think this has had to be my best shot of the moon that evening. I felt the presence of God in these pictures and the thought of how insignificant the human being is in the face of God’s brilliance. These shots were taken outside my front yard. The camera is on a tripod inorder to steady it. The wonder of God’s creation can never be matched by Man but in our minds we can always try to re-create on the basis of how we feel and by what we feel in our hearts.

"O Lord my God, I am amazed with wonder..."
"O Lord my God, I am amazed with wonder..."
"...when I see all the worlds Your hands have made..."
"...when I see all the worlds Your hands have made..."
Did the camera capture what my eye saw?
Did the camera capture what my eye saw?

Sometimes the eye and the heart capture the moment simultaneously. I call that joy. A joyous feeling that takes in everything around you – whether there are other people, the ambience of a restaurant, the beauty of a garden, the sight of a new born baby, the vista that confronts your eyes when you are just about to land at the airstrip in your home province, the sight and smell of fresh bread or cake…fast forward…or looking up at the sky on a night like this!

These last two shots were taken on the top of a newly trimmed shrub in the yard to give the affect of the moon peering through the trees.

Simply awesome!
Simply awesome!

What an evening – a great sermon, great moonlight and great anticipation of new beginnings.

Just beautifull...
Just beautiful...