Swimming Under a Buck Full Moon with Joan Murray Barton

Another full moon swim on the Bruce Peninsula at Colpoys Bay dock! July’s full moon is called the Buck Full Moon by First Nations because this is the month the antlers of the male deer are in full growth mode.

This moon is also a Supermoon. What Tony and I noticed when it was rising was how huge it looked to us but when I got home it looked so small in the pictures.

I asked about that in the photography group I’m in and here is what I learned. It’s called the Moon Illusion a trick our brains play on us. Photos prove that the moon is the same width near the horizon as when it’s high in the sky, but that’s not what we perceive with our eyes.

Thus it’s an illusion rooted in the way our brains process visual information. Interesting but honestly, it looked huge in our eyes and I’m having trouble getting my head around this info! lol

It was much darker than these pictures show. I have a new camera that takes better pics in low light and that’s my excuse for the following.

On my swim back to shore I experienced what I thought was a bat flying around my head. I’ve had this happen before but not as close as this one was flying. It landed on my shoulder.

It turned out to be a very large moth. I can’t help but think it thought I was a moving rock and he wanted to rest.

I never know what I’m going to experience on these adventures of mine! It’s thrilling for me and I love sharing.

~ Joan Murray Barton

Photos by Tony Barton

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