Sunset over the Moor
(and a "Moonwalk"!)
A walk out onto Bodmin Moor in September 2006, at
the time of a full moon, and a partial eclipse of the moon expected after the
sun went down. This "Moonwalk" was organised by Mark Camp of
and was a great success on a beautiful fine late Summer's evening. The walk was
from Minions, and up onto
Hill, and Stowe's Pound, a Neolithic hill-top enclosure near the
Sunset over a Neolithic landscape
Waiting for the sun to
set, and the moon to rise, was fascinating in this ancient setting, where
thousands of years ago those early settlers would have done the same; with awe,
wonder, and perhaps fear in their hearts at the pending eclipse of the moon.
The sun sinks...
...and the sky is lit by oranges,
yellows and red hues
Looking out over the moor it is an
With the sun now below the
horizon, and the moon well risen above it in the east, the partial eclipse -
which as it turned out was very partial - was also a little obscured by thin
clouds and hard to make out.
the mood of the moor passed from fading sunlight to rising moonlight, and it was
a moon-lit walk back to Minions, and an amazing Moonwalk achieved!
If you are out on the moor
- safely - at night or early evening, it is a very different place. The
landscape is more eerie and obscured, and importantly, your footing and where
you walk is less sure. Torches, or even head-lights, are a necessity for
personal safety. And don't leave anyone behind!
A Full Moon, but a
hidden partial eclipse!
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