The Last Super Moon of 2020

Last Thursday night was the last super moon of 2020. It seemed like a good idea at the time to go out and get photos of it. In retrospect, next time I will go to higher elevations for reasons you will soon discover. I asked Siri when the moon would rise that night, and it said 21:03 (or 9:03pm). I thought that would be fantastic, so I grabbed my equipment about 8:45pm to set up everything to capture the moon. It wasn’t too much longer before it got dark. I checked my astronomy app for the position of the moon, and sure enough, it was just coming up over the horizon. I knew I had time to kill, so I decided to take a couple of star shots before the moon came up. According to my app, the bright star in the center is Antares.


After about a half hour, I realized that I was going to be there a while, because I’m looking at a 2,000 foot cliff waiting for the moon to come up over the horizon and peer into this deep canyon. Finally, I was rewarded for my wait. Three hours later, the moon started its rise over the cliffs about 12:30am, way past my bed time, but the wait was absolutely worth it!

The moon was illuminating the trees on the top of the cliffs just before it came up.

Slowly, but surely, the moon made it from behind the cliff, and it was an amazing sight to behold. Check it out!

I went to bed not long after, basking in the pleasure of seeing the last super moon of 2020 rise over the cliffs of Zion National Park. I found out later that the super moon peaked at 6:30 that morning. It was tiring but fun. Enjoy!

PFTA: Underground City?

This is an interesting photo.  I took it while traveling near Las Vegas, Nevada back in 2006.  I showed it to a friend, and she asked me where I found this underground city.  I was confused for a minute, and she repeated the question.  So I asked her to elaborate on where it could be, and she had no idea.

I’ll let you in on a little secret:  it’s not an underground city, but Hoover Dam at night.  This was before the new bridge was completed, they had just started working on it actually, so all traffic had to go across the dam.

I was traveling to the Grand Canyon after spending my days off in Las Vegas, it was late at night, and I saw the dam, and was blown away at how amazing it is at night.  It’s not often I’ve seen anyone photograph it at night, so I made several attempts before I came away with this gem.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

Zion at Night

On Monday, August 21, I went to Lee Valley on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park to photograph the Milky Way.  Well, Mother Nature had other ideas, and it was overcast and looked like a storm was rolling in.  I figured I could get some lightening shots instead.  Well, that didn’t happen either.  What I was able to photograph was some really cool clouds against the distant cliffs of Zion National Park.

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I was also able to (barely) capture sunset on West Temple because it was so cloudy.

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I also decided to modify one to Black & White.  I think it’s pretty cool, what do you think?

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Here are the images of the night sky with clouds in the foreground.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

 

Photo of the Week: The Milky Way

On Sunday night, I went with some friends (you know who you are) to Smith Mesa to watch the sunset, the stars and to enjoy each other’s company.  It was so much fun!  While everyone was sitting and chatting around the fire, I snuck away to take some photos of the Milky Way.  I have photographed constellations before, but shooting the Milky Way was something new for me.  It took a while before I found the right settings, but I think it turned out really cool (especially for a first attempt)!  Let me know what you think.

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Enjoy!

 

Kelly