Magpie Moon, San Cristobal, NM

Magpie moon, in the cottonwood tree San Cristobal, NM. The moon rose crystal clear over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico as our resident Magpie mimicked my calls seemingly oblivious of the splendor around us. Further south, the moon rose shrouded in clouds of fire smoke. It set this morning, around 4:30am resembling a blood orange through the thick smoke that settled across the valley. As always thanks for looking. G

Magpie Moon, San Cristobal, NM

“Flower” Moon Rise San Cristobal

“Flower” moon rise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, San Cristobal, NM. Earlier in the day we made a drive through the Moreno Valley where the roads were lined with flags from Eagle Nest to Angel Fire celebrating Memorial Day. We intended to catch the moon rise there, perhaps over the Eagle Nest Lake. We enjoyed the drive and a picnic supper, but instead headed home for a crystal clear view of this “Flower” moon from our deck. Thanks for looking. G

Flower moon rise san cristobal

Here’s a link to the names of other full moon phases.

Flashback: Harvest Moon Rise 2016

Flashback: Harvest Moon Rise, Taos Mountain storm with rainbow, 2016. Searching the hard drives today looking for images to send to a publisher, I came across this image. It surprised me that I hadn’t posted it before. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking. G

Flashback: Harvest Moon Rise 2016


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January 01 2018, Super Moon Rise

January 01 2018, Super Moon Rise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. We took a drive north this evening, to the Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, to watch the super moon rising over the Sangre de Cristos. It was cold and the wind chill colder. The coyotes chimed in about the same time the moon came up and began their howling and chattering. It was a pristine, fitting, moment to start the new year off well. Happy New Year and thanks for looking. G

January 01 2018, Super Moon Rise

New Years Eve Moon Rise

New years eve ladder and moon rise El Prado (the meadows), Taos, New Mexico. We followed the moon rise this evening, from the Rio Grande Gorge, north towards Tres Piedras and east and south into El Prado where the moon was rising near this favorite location of the ladder that points to the sky. A very happy new year… and as always… thank you for looking. G

New Years eve ladder and moon rise

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Three Peaks Sunset Crescent Moon

Three Peaks Sunset Crescent Moon. Tonight I drove to the turnout to watch the crescent moon set. The orange layer is the fire smoke pollution happening in the area. Above that, the sky is pretty crystal clear and the crescent moon stands out in all it’s glory along with earthshine and a planet. I’m at a loss as to which planet. Any ideas? At this time of year, with predominantly clear skies overhead, living in the high desert is a magical earthly experience. Thanks for looking. G

Three Peaks Sunset Crescent Moon

Setting Moon Across The Plateau

Setting Moon across the Taos Volcanic Plateau. The subtle hues in the morning landscape emboldened by the setting moon made for an early morning drive to remember. As we traveled south the moon traversed the cloud layer. Deciding where to pull over and make the image wasn’t too difficult, but with the moon fading fast behind the cloud we called it at this spot. Thanks for looking. G

Setting Moon Across the Plateau

Super Moon Rising Taos, New Mexico

Super moon rising over Vallecito Mountain, Taos, New Mexico. This was made a few minutes later than yesterday’s photo of the day. I’ve also added a bonus image of the moon in the clouds from later last night. Tonight the moon is behind some thick clouds for the time being. It looks like it will clear the clouds where we live in half an hour or so. We will be watching and I hope you can get out on your stoop and see the beauty of it all for yourself. Thanks for looking. G

Super Moon rising over Vallecito Mountain

Super Moon rising taos NM

Super Moon Rising, Vallecito Mountain, Taos

Super Moon Vallecito Mountain Taos, New Mexico. We purposefully made a trip out to the west rim of the Rio Grande Gorge to watch the super moon rise tonight. The high mountains of the Sangre de Cristos blocked the moon rise and allowed us some twenty minutes to chat with a visiting photographer who had dropped in from Colorado to photograph the high bridge and the gorge. We were sharing stories about life, travels and photography etc. when I felt like someone clamped the defibrillator leads on my chest and shocked my heart awake when I saw this sight! Check out the “absolute” full moon tomorrow December 3, 2017. Thanks for looking. G

Super Moon Vallecito Mountain

Sliver Of A Crescent Moon, San Cristobal

Beautiful sliver of a crescent moon with earthshine tonight, from San Cristobal New Mexico. I love the surprise and flutter in my chest that occurs when I see the crescent moon in the western sky at sunset. I’ve observed it so many times and still it continues to amaze me every time. I hope it does for you too! Thanks for looking. G

sliver of a crescent moon

Here are a couple of images of the crescent moon setting. Enjoy.

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_12/oct_17_12.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_14/october_20_14.html

Crescent Moon Rise San Cristobal

Crescent Moon Rise over the Sangre de Cristo foothills, San Cristobal, New Mexico. I got up early to see the thinest sliver (1%) of a waning moon rise over the hills behind the house. It was still dark when I made this image and as the sun rose the crescent blended in to the light of day. It will return tomorrow as a “new moon”. I think I’ll sleep in. Thanks for looking. G

Crescent Moon Rise San Cristobal

Harvest Moon, Taos Volcanic Plateau

Harvest moon setting over the Taos Volcanic Plateau. I went out early this morning to watch the full harvest moon setting across the plateau. The scene was augmented by clouds and mists around the hills. This image came together nicely and I made a number of other images in the Arroyo Hondo valley after the sun rise. I’ll post a few of those shots in the coming days. Thanks for looking. G

Harvest Moon setting over the Taos volcanic plateau