La Luna, Earth Shine, Old Cottonwood Tree

La Luna with earthshine, framed by our old cottonwood tree in the field. This tree, half alive and half dead is a hang out for many species of birds who frequent the valley. They have an excellent view of the deck and hence the bird feeders. Last night when the moon came out they’d already left their perches or they would have seen this beautiful sight. Thanks for looking in too. G

La Luna, Earth Shine, Old Cottonwood Tree

Mars, Crescent Lunar Occultation 02-18-2020

Mars with Lunar occultation (covered), 02-18-2020. Mars crept out from behind the Moon and appeared through the clouds this morning. Shortly after I made this image at 5:57am the clouds dispersed. Had I stirred from my sleep a couple of hours earlier I would have been able to observe Mars get swallowed up by the bright crescent. Thanks for looking. G

Mars with Lunar occultation, 02-18-2020.

La Luna Rising Over The Sangre De Cristos

La Luna rising over the Sangre De Cristo Mountains tonight. Some folks think that some kind of warm colored moon at this time of year makes it the”Harvest Moon”. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t. The color of the moon is insignificant to the fact that it is a “Harvest Moon”. The closest full moon to the fall equinox is the “Harvest Moon”. Ergo, the fall equinox is on or around September 22nd, the October 5 full moon will be the official “Harvest Moon”. That said, EarthSkyNews posted this today regarding tonights moon. Thanks for looking. G

La Luna Rising Over The Sangre De Cristos

Full Moon Rise Tonight San Cristobal, NM

“Nearly” full moon rise tonight over San Cristobal, NM. I stepped out into the cool evening air just when a ghost of a moon rose over the Sangre de Cristo foothills. As “la luna” made it’s way skyward, some clouds moved in creating a mystery around it’s silent ascent. Late tonight the clouds may disperse and the light of the moon will illuminate the whole interior of our house … no night lights needed. Thanks for looking. G

Full moon rise san cristobal nm