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Moonrise, Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010
20-AUG-2010

Moonrise, Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010

I made this image from the same spot in my backyard that I made the spectacular explosive sunset clouds posted last month at:
http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/126956577 This image is just the opposite in its voice. Instead of a desert explosion, I was able to photograph a metaphorically spiritual grouping of clouds over the same peaks. A three quarter moon rises over them, as well. I can't help but give these clouds a human dimension. They resemble, if a bit elongated, Michaelangelo's great fresco, "The Creation of Adam" on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Creation_of_Adam ) My clouds also have reversed the positions of Michaelanglo's main characters, but the spirit of creation is certainly present here.

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Phil Douglis12-Sep-2010 01:54
Thanks, Vera. Glad you found this image, and can see the spiritual force in those clouds.
Phil Douglis12-Sep-2010 01:52
Thanks, Vera. Glad you found this image, and can see the spiritual force in those clouds.
veraferia11-Sep-2010 09:40
The spirit of creation is here for sure! Dreamy image, Phil!
Phil Douglis24-Aug-2010 19:55
Thanks, Iris -- nature made it spectacular. I only made the picture.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)24-Aug-2010 19:51
Moonrise over creation........can't get more spiritual than that. Spectacular image, Phil.
Phil Douglis22-Aug-2010 19:01
Thanks, Jenene -- good to hear from you. Yes, it is the very same moon that you enjoy over the border in California but at this moment it was less enormous. The wondrous light comes from the setting sun, and the moon reflects that same light as well.
JSWaters22-Aug-2010 03:54
I have been really noticing the moon in the last few days - how can you help but, it's enormous. It feels like your image is lit by this wondrous light, yet the moon itself hangs off to the side as if inconsequential.
Jenene
Phil Douglis21-Aug-2010 17:58
Thanks, Rose and Sam, for commenting on this photograph. The clouds are lovely metaphors, but it was the moon that drew me to the shot. It relates well to the clouds.
Sam Rua21-Aug-2010 14:28
Nice capture, Phil. Beautiful comp.
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