Monday, February 25, 2013

It's the Great Pumpkin! A big orange moon rises February 25, 2013

A clear sky overhead and distant hazy clouds on the horizon made perfect conditions for a spectacular orange moonrise just after sunset this evening. I tried stacking my fuzzy orange moon in Registax, but there's no helping the amount of distortion from the hazy horizon. Better to enjoy the beautiful color and not worry about the noisy details.

camera at sunset

big orange moonrise
I was waiting for the moon to rise next to the giant red light until I realized THAT was the moon!

big orange moonrise
Watching the moon rise in real time, it only took a few minutes to clear the treeline

big orange full moon
A wonderful orange jewel. The cell tower provides a bit of scale.

big orange full moon
Better than I had hoped for!

big orange full moon
A mysterious line in the sky, well above the trees. At first I thought it was a piece of grass until a power-walking couple mentioned it as well. Very small jet contrail? Hmmm.

big orange full moon
1/80 sec, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.6

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