Thursday, June 27, 2013

Supermoon, June 2013

Moon Chasing at Walker Lake, Nevada

One of my favorite scenes at Walker Lake is watching the full moon rise over the Gillis Mountains to the east.  Whether it is the higher elevation:  4,331 feet (1,320 m) or the clear, cloudless sky, the full moon always looks much bigger than life. 

This June of 2013, the full moon seemed much larger due to its closest encounter with the Earth, which is termed "perigee" full moon by astronomers.  In its early phases on June 21st, the moon stands out over the Gillis Mountains around 20:07pdt or 8:07pm.  The power poles running up through the mountains give perspective to the Supermoon as it accents the early evening sky. The popular title of Supermoon did not come from astronomy but was coined by Astrologer Richard Nolle.

  A return on June 22nd for more moon chasing and I catch the moon with my Nikon 500mm 4.0 as it just begins to rise over the Gillis Mountains.   

A few minutes later and the Supermoon appears to be waiting on top of the mountain. 

Changing lenses for a wider angle, my Nikon 80-200mm 2.8 tracks the moon ascending higher over the mountains just as the sun's light begins to fade.  

A storm moved in on June 23rd, with clouds that blocked out most of the Supermoon.  However the play of moonlight on the clouds still made for an interesting evening of photos.

What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been.  I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences. 

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