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Moon sets behind a craggy mountainside

Taken last month in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was up before dawn as usual and while I waited for the coming sun to illuminate the landscape, I turned around and captured this image of the setting moon. The clear atmosphere at high altitude allows for some pretty cool images with clarity you just can’t get at lower elevations.

The moon sets behind a mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

The moon sets behind a mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Setting Harvest Moon

A couple of images I captured early last Sunday morning as the moon set in the west. I had high hopes for getting some cool images of the supermoon but came away kind of disappointed in the results.

First, the spot I chose wasn’t the best – I don’t care too much for the Purina building there. Haha. Second, it has been so warm here on the Colorado Front Range that the heat emanating from the ground was creating a lot of distortion and preventing sharp pics.

If I had it to do over again, I would have chosen a location much closer to the mountains.

The Harvest Moon sets on the Colorado Front Range.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The Harvest Moon sets on the Colorado Front Range. (© Tony’s Takes)

The Harvest Moon sets on the Colorado Front Range.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The Harvest Moon sets on the Colorado Front Range. (© Tony’s Takes)

A setting Harvest Moon in Rocky Mountain National Park

While keeping my eye on the wildlife, I couldn’t help but train my lens on the setting moon yesterday morning. Just a day past being truly full, it was huge and beautiful! Sorry for the late posting today. It was definitely a ‘Monday’ as I just couldn’t seem to get things going in the right direction today. 🙁

The Harvest Moon sets in Rocky Mountain National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The Harvest Moon sets in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Setting moon in Rocky Mountain National Park

It doesn’t always have to be nighttime to get cool pics of the Earth’s natural satellite. I was driving up Fall River Road this past weekend soon after sunrise and as I began to emerge above treeline, I spotted the waning gibbous moon about to go behind a nearby mountainside. It was monstrous and the clarity of the sky at high altitude was awesome as always.

The moon sets behind a mountain near the top of Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

The moon sets behind a mountain near the top of Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A waning gibbous Moon and sunrise colored clouds

Having reached my photo destination for the day early this past Sunday, I took the opportunity to ‘shoot the moon.’ It was absolutely gorgeous and as the sun rose, it colored the clouds nearby in shades of orange and red. I had to do some fast maneuvering to get myself into position to get both in the same frame but it was very worthwhile. Taken near Hygiene, Colorado.

A beautiful waning gibbous moon sets as the sunrise on the opposite horizon lights up the clouds in red. (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful waning gibbous moon sets as the sunrise on the opposite horizon lights up the clouds in red. (© Tony’s Takes)

Juvenile Bald Eagle keeps watch under a setting moon

In between snowstorms yesterday, there was some blue sky briefly. During the break in the clouds, I came across Charlie, a very sociable young eagle that some fellow photographers and I have named. Above him, the waning gibbous moon shone brightly. Kind of neat. One of my goals has been to get a picture of an eagle with the moon perfectly behind it – at least got kind of close with this one. 😉

A juvenile Bald Eagle looks toward the sun while the moon is above. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Bald Eagle looks toward the sun while the moon is above. (© Tony’s Takes)

Canada Geese take flight route over the moon

A relatively uneventful and quick photo tour after work today. I was hoping this flock of geese would fly directly in front of the moon but they chose a higher altitude path. Nevertheless, kind of a neat image. Have a great evening, everyone!?

A formation of Canada Geese fly through the sky with the moon in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

A formation of Canada Geese fly through the sky with the moon in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

Last moon of March

Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions recently have led to some very pleasant days and evenings here in the Denver, Colorado area. Last night followed suit and was quite conducive to sneaking out and grabbing a few pictures of the gorgeous waxing gibbous moon. Luna was looking absolutely fabulous from the Mile High City to say the least.

A waxing gibbous moon is seen above Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A waxing gibbous moon is seen above Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise moonset

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous morning here on the Colorado Front Range with reasonably mild temperatures, mostly clear skies and a golden sunrise. Looking away from the rising sun, layers of clouds, a setting full moon and an amber landscape filled the eyes. It was gorgeous!

The moon sets at sunrise at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

The moon sets at sunrise at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A full Cold Moon

With the successful launch of the NASA Orion Spacecraft today, it seems very appropriate to go out and gaze at the full moon. Thankfully clear skies in the Denver allowed for viewing.

I am a geek in many ways and spaceflight is something that has captivated me since I was very young. While I am excited to see Orion take flight and the United States take our next step toward space exploration, I can’t help but think about what could have been had we not lost the will to continue after Apollo. We could have accomplished so much more in the decades since then – if we only had the desire.

The full Cold Moon as seen from Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The full Cold Moon as seen from Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)