Summer in Rome 2013: There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise

P1120513Two nights after the summer solstice the moon reached its nearest point to Earth, which makes the moon appear larger than usual. That won’t happen again until August 2014. I didn’t want to miss this, so just before sunset we drove up to Giancolo to watch the moonrise. We were not the only people in Rome who had this idea!

As we returned to the car, I looked up and the sun had set behind St. Peter’s, leaving a soft orange sky and offering another wonderful photo opportunity. So here’s the “supermoon” in Rome last Sunday. I hope it was as beautiful wherever you were.

St. Peter's (with the camera on the "sunset" setting

St. Peter’s (with the camera on the “sunset” setting


P.S., For years I thought that Credence Clearwater Revival in “Bad Moon Rising” was saying, “There’s a bathroom on the right” rather than “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” I learned of my mistake one night while I was playing Songburst, much to everyone’s amusement. I was thrilled to see on Wiki today that I’m not the only person who heard it wrong, and in live performances John Fogerty has parodied this misunderstanding. Cheers, John, you’re a good sport!


St. Peter's (camera on "night scenery" setting)

St. Peter’s (with the camera on the “night scenery” setting)

From Ponte Sisto

From Ponte Sisto

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8 Responses to Summer in Rome 2013: There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise

  1. Nikki says:

    the Ponte Sisto picture is spectacular!

  2. Nikki says:

    AND — I always thought it was “bad moon on the right”!!! I never was good with song words — I just liked the “music” —

  3. Meredith Prock says:

    Alas! Here in the Seattle area we had a not-so-unusual cloud cover. Loved your CCR story!

  4. Barbara says:

    Beautiful shot of the moon! It was overcast in Salem, too, so we didn’t get to see it. Your lyrics story reminded me of my lyric shortcoming. For the longest time I thought that “Who Wrote the Book of Love” was “Who Let the Moo Cow Out.” I know, it didn’t make sense to me either!

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