Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year, New Moment, Blue Moon

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly
noticeable, these things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.
If you will love what seems to be insignificant and will in an unassuming manner,
as a servant, seek to win the confidence of what seems poor, then everything
will become easier, more harmonious, and somehow more conciliatory,
not for your intellect—that will most likely remain behind, astonished—
but for your innermost consciousness, your awakeness,
and your inner knowing." —Rainer Maria Rilke

Full Moon in Blue, Santa Fe, New Mexico. ©Elsa Kendall

Once in a blue moon is here, December 31st 2009. What makes it so special is that it comes not only on New Year's Eve, but is ushering in a brand new decade. To learn more about this phenomenon you can check this link.

Inspired by a meeting I recently had, I've been revisiting a book I've not looked at in a while, the poet Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet". It is a treasure indeed. There are so many parts worth quoting, but this seems appropriate for now.

How could we be capable of forgetting the old myths
that stand at the threshold of all mankind,
myths of dragons transforming themselves at the last moment into princesses?
Perhaps all dragons in our lives are really princesses just waiting
to see us just once being beautiful and courageous.

Happy New Decade
New Year
New Moment

A limited edition of this print is now available. For information please click here.


  1. Love this picture of the moon-the light, color, shadow-all very nice. Have one for sale?

  2. Thank you so much Elizabeth. I will look and let you know. If not, I'll make one for you. Happy New Year!

  3. This is a great shot Elsa! If you don't mind answering a technical question, I am wonder what your shutter speed, Fstop and ISO were for this image.

  4. Hi Jacqueline, It was shot at f5.6, 1/5 second (hand held) at 3200 ISO with a D300 Nikon at 105mm. It's very grainy but doesn't detract from the overall feeling, and maybe even adds to it... ;)
    Hope this helps! Elsa

  5. Elizabeth, I have created an edition of this print (10). #1/10 is available at this link

    There are 8 prints in the edition remaining. Thanks for your interest. I'm really happy with the way this image has printed. You can contact me at with any questions. Please reference "Full Moon Print" in the subject line.