Five days of free trial to go, and another style to play around with.
The interaction of the elements, natural phenomenon, and earth’s rhythmic cycles all fascinate me. Animals are affected by atmospheric pressure. Plants respond to the changing seasons and to light levels. And the oceans’ tides ebb and flow according to the waxing and waning of the moon.
Wolf howls and the cries of the mad are associated with the full moon. The word ‘lunatic’ was derived from ‘Luna’, the Latin word for moon, at a time when it was believed that changes in the phases of the moon coincided with periods of insanity.
For today’s image I wanted to explore the power of the moon to exert such an influence on the earth from such a distance across space. According to NASA 71% of the earth’s surface is water, and most of that is saline. The moon’s orbit is elliptical, between 252,088 miles and 225,623 miles away, and averaging at 238,855 miles. That’s phenomenal pulling power.