The full moon by itself is beautiful but when it casts it light over a body of water, it is doubly beautiful. Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I mean:
And this one:
OK, now tell me if you see the difference between the two pictures above. Yep, in the upper the one the moon left a trail of light across the water and in the second one, the moon is reflected like a mirror would do. Now, can you explain why this is true?
Wow, you guys are smart this morning! You are right. In the top picture the water surface is choppy and each little ripple reflects an image of the moon. Since the picture was taken at a distance, all those images meld together to produce a smear of light. But, in the the second picture, the water is smooth so it actually acts like mirror and reflects the scene in its entirety. Which picture do you think has more beauty? I would pick the top one. In fact, awhile back I made a small painting of the moon over the water. Now I know that this painting is incorrect. Can you see what is wrong?
The reflection path of the moon should be straighter and slightly elliptical. I show it just getting wider as it comes toward the viewer. Well, at least I got the rough water part correct. Guess I should though this painting away and do it over correctly. Now, all of you have a great day, you hear?