Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Waning Gibbous Moon

A full moon is a beautiful and impressive sight, but on a clear night a partial moon can reveal more of the shape of the lunar landscape. This is of course a result of the angle of the sunlight. Side-lighting tends to accentuate texture.

Here is the lovely Selene just past midnight tonight.



  1. Spectacular photo, Jess! Your description of the texture of the moon (and indeed, the photo is a good texture shot) reminded me of the Rorscach inkblot test. I would score your description of the photo as a T=1 and here's some good news research about the T=1 (because you provided one texture response) style:

    J Pers Assess. 2009 Nov;91(6):601-10. doi: 10.1080/00223890903230931.
    The Rorschach texture response: a construct validation study using attachment theory.
    Cassella MJ, Viglione DJ.


    Using attachment theory, in this research, we explored the construct validity of the Rorschach (Exner, 1974) Texture (T) response as a measure of interpersonal closeness and contact. A total of 40 men and 39 women completed the Rorschach and 2 attachment inventories. Their romantic partners also completed an informant version of the attachment measures. Attachment styles were measured by factor scores involving both self-report and partner report. Results indicate that attachment theory, as a broad conceptual framework, is associated with T. Specifically, T = 1 is most closely associated with a secure attachment style, T > 1 with aspects of the preoccupied style, and T = 0 with aspects of the avoidant style and an absence of secure attachment. Needs for closeness and contact associated with T can be couched within an adult attachment theory, but in this study, we did not test for problematic aspects of insecure attachment. Gender is a complicating factor and deserves more study.

    1. And I thought I was just presenting a pretty picture! Well, I guess I did characterize the moon as "the lovely Selene".

    2. Whoa...excellent point! You would be a psychoanalyst's dream!

  2. Beautiful, Jess, beautiful! Not that that isn't the norm when you're behind a camera....

  3. Grate photo, Jess. Beautifully done.



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