Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Venus, Crescent Moon, Rising, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

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Venus and a waning crescent Moon rising over the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, northern New Mexico. I got out there early this morning, but only as far as the driveway. That’s as far as was needed. The silence was palpable save the crunching snow underfoot, and as is the case it got the coldest right before dawn and the frost built up thick on my tripod. The neighbor’s dog stirred up a couple of other hounds in the ‘hood. Happily, I was done by then and only had to walk a hundred feet to a steaming pot of tea, toast, and marmalade. Thanks for looking. G

Venus, Crescent Moon, Rising, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

 

Venus, Crescent Moon, Rising, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

Taos Plateau Volcanic Field, Northern New Mexico

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Taos Plateau Volcanic Field, moon setting, northern New Mexico. From left to right, Cerro Chiflo, Cerro de la Olla, Ute Mountain, San Antonio Mountain. The road heads west across the plateau, over the Rio Grande, with the waxing moon, and beyond into the sunset. Thanks for looking. G

Taos Plateau Volcanic Field, Northern New Mexico

Mars, Moon, Night And Day, San Cristobal

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Mars, Moon night and day from the deck in San Cristobal New Mexico. This morning I looked out the window, decided I liked what I saw, so I got up and walked across the deck to get this shot of the red planet Mars and our Moon to the west. Below is the scene in the eastern sky yesterday evening. Thanks for looking. G

Mars, Moon night and day San Cristobal

Moon Mars San Cristobal, NM

Craters, Moon, San Cristobal, Sky

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Craters of the Moon in a San Cristobal, early morning sky. I went out to photograph Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE this morning. I was up early but not early enough to get a good shot of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE). I could see it just fine, but the sky was too bright around it. So, I had a cup of tea and checked out the moon in the opposite part of the sky. I was transfixed observing her craters, my tea got cold. Slightly west of the la luna, Jupiter and it’s moons were equally mesmerizing. I’ll get up much earlier tomorrow and see what I can do with the comet. Never a wasted moment. Thanks for looking. G

Craters, Moon, San Cristobal, Sky

If you’re interested here are a few links to Comet PANSTARRS I photographed in March 2013 over a period of two weeks

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_13/mar_13_13.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_13/mar_14_13.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_13/mar_18_13.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_13/mar_26_13.html

Sunflower Pods, Moon Rise

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Sunflower pods, Moon rise, from the meadow. I just got back in and decided this image from earlier this evening, when the moon first rose over the mountains, would make a good post. The colors were pretty cool and the moon was bright when it cleared the hazy clouds. It’s a composite exposure. I shot last years sunflowers in focus in the first image and racked focus to the moon in the second. Same exposure in both images. Combined them in Photoshop®. Thanks for looking and happy moon watching. G

Sunflower pods, Moon rise, from the meadow.

Mars, Crescent Lunar Occultation 02-18-2020

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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.

Snow Geese, Flashback 2009, Bosque Del Apache, NWR

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Snow Geese and moon, flashback to 2009 in the Bosque Del Apache, NWR. There were so many snow geese flying overhead, so I had a lot of opportunities to catch them in front of the moon as it was rising. I’m looking forward to making a number of trips to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge again this winter. As always thanks for looking. G

Snow Geese, moon, flashback 2009 Bosque Del Apache, NWR

Sunset, Moon, Wall and Trees

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Sunset, Moon, Wall and Trees. Dove into the archives today and found this image from 2010. It was taken across the street from where I lived at that time. Stay tuned for more images from the archives as I traipse down memory lane. Have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday. For my friends in Florida, be safe and we’ll see you on the other side of the hurricane. Thanks for looking. G

Sunset, Moon, Wall and Trees