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.
Clear skies and mild temperatures in Denver gave me a good chance to ‘shoot the moon’ last evening. She looks pretty good for being 4.5 billion years old. 😉 Very happy with the results from my new Tamron SP 150-600mm lens.
I don’t have the best gear for capturing an eclipse but didn’t do too bad this morning. A few light cirrus clouds no doubt impacted the sharpness but at least it was relatively mild.
While everyone is calling it a ‘blood moon’, the meaning behind that term isn’t exactly clear. As written on EarthSky.org, some attribute it to the lunar tetrad – four successive full lunar eclipses without any partial eclipses. This is the second of the four, each coming six months apart.
As the sun went down in the Rocky Mountains this past Saturday, the moon was brilliantly lit and some light, whispy clouds flew between it and the surface of the Earth. There will be lots of talk this week about Wednesday’s full lunar eclipse, the second in a series of four in a row for the U.S. You can learn more about this week’s big celestial event here: http://1.usa.gov/ZNyLNO
One benefit of going to 12,183 feet in altitude is the skies get clear, the blues bluer and the #moon clearer. Taken this past Saturday atop Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the mountain landscape is accented by deep blue skies and a waning gibbous moon. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous road in the United States and over 8 miles of it is above 11,000 feet.
The September full moon is dubbed the ‘Harvest Moon’ but this year it also caps off a trifecta of ‘Super Moons’ in 2014 – the third time this year the moon was at its closest to Earth. I captured this image last night as a plane was taking off from Denver International Airport.
‘Full Flower Moon’ as seen from #Denver, Colorado. Clear, early morning skies provided a great viewing of the full moon today. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name comes from the fact that flower “spring forth in abundance this month.” It also is called the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.
Clear Colorado skies provide a nice shot of the waxing gibbous moon tonight. I always tell folks, you don’t need to spend a lot of money for a camera that takes great pictures and this is an example.
I didn’t want to break out my digital SLR so instead just grabbed my ‘superzoom’ point and shoot – a Canon SX50 IS. It is a bit of a higher end point and shoot but illustrates that a decent, ‘normal’ camera can allow anyone to get some pretty darned cool pictures (far better than a cell phone camera).
Wanting to test out a new piece of photo gear (a tele-converter), I was in need of a test subject. The moon proved to be a willing target this evening and despite some thin cirrus clouds in the way, the image came out quite good.
On a usual weekend drive looking for something to take picture of, I was pleased to come across this scene in southern Weld County. The moon coupled with the amber field and snow-capped Rocky Mountains looked gorgeous.
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