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.
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.
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 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!?
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.
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!
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