Gibbous The Night

The weekend in Byron Bay saw the waxing and waning of the Gibbous Full Moon, with the moon being it’s fullest at 4:58am on Sunday. I sure wasn’t getting up at 4am to see it.

But… something incredible does happen on the foreshore at Main Beach, on the edge of the sea, where the cars park, and people congregate. As the sun begins to fall, the rhythm can be felt through the ground, people from all walks of life are part of a beautiful movement, towards the rhythm, to celebration a day of life and the “Gibbous” as this day turns to night.

At first, I feel a little daunted in the large crowd of people. A bit of anxiety always creeps in, especially when you’ve got a camera in your hand. But as I sat down, taking a moment to let my own body loosen and the muscles dance, subtly letting the camera capture the beauty before my eyes, I was already part of a bigger family. Smiles and body a-move, fire-twirling, kids and their elders, bongo’s and percussionists, chants and laughter. Friends on the edge of the sea.

I’ve lived in Byron bay for 16 years now, and this experience always re-connects me with that Byron Bay spirit. The free spirit within.

Enjoy the photos and video. If your in next weekend, you might be so lucky to experience this for yourself.

Photos and video taken using a Nikon D7000 with AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G

Words, Photos & Video by Johnny Abegg

Learn more about the D7000 by watching the product tour, or by heading to the D7000 gear page.

Published by mynikonlife Aug 14, 2011
Categories: Life, News