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Late November waxing gibbous moon

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.

A waxing  gibbous moon as seen from the Denver area. (© Tony’s Takes)

A waxing gibbous moon as seen from the Denver area. (© Tony’s Takes)

The blood moon as seen from Denver

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.

A lunar eclipse creates a 'blood moon'.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A lunar eclipse creates a ‘blood moon’. (© Tony’s Takes)

Waxing Gibbous moon at sunset

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 

Waxing Gibbous moon at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Waxing Gibbous moon at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

High Altitude Moon

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.

From the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, a gorgeous landscape, deep blue skies and a mid-morning moon are visible.  (© Tony’s Takes)

From the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, a gorgeous landscape, deep blue skies and a mid-morning moon are visible. (© Tony’s Takes)

September Super Moon Rising

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.

As the September Super Moon rises, an airplane takes off from Denver International Airport. (© Tony’s Takes)

As the September Super Moon rises, an airplane takes off from Denver International Airport. (© Tony’s Takes)

Full flower moon

‘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.

Full Flower Moon. © Tony’s Takes

Full Flower Moon. © Tony’s Takes

A bright waxing gibbous 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).

A bright waxing gibbous moon. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bright waxing gibbous moon. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mostly clear skies give nice view of the moon

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.

Despite a thin layer of cirrus clouds, the waxing gibbous moon looked very nice. (© Tony’s Takes)

Despite a thin layer of cirrus clouds, the waxing gibbous moon looked very nice. (© Tony’s Takes)

Weld County moonset over the Rockies

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.

January 18, 2014 - Moon set over the Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 18, 2014 – Moon set over the Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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December’s full cold moon

Perfectly clear skies allowed a great viewing of December’s large and bright full moon.  Unseasonably warm temperatures made being outside to take pictures quite easy.

From the Old Farmer’s Almanac: “December’s Full Moon is called the Full Cold Moon. It is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.  This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.”

December 17, 2013 - Full cold moon.  (© Tony’s Takes)

December 17, 2013 – Full cold moon. (© Tony’s Takes)