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Full Moon, Fuller Clouds. February 16, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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I tried to get some shots tonight of the rise of the almost-full moon, but thick clouds moved in as the appointed hour approached.  I thought the mission was to be a total loss, without even a sunset to show for my travels.

But then, crossing over the hills of high Florida on the way home, the clouds overhead gathered into pleats and folds, as though the frontmost one had encountered an impassable place and was brought up short.

I availed myself of the first place I found to pull over, these atmospheric anomalies generally being short-lived, and threw on a lens which I thought might fit the unfolding scene.

I got off this shot of Mount Greylock beneath what should have been a sunset:

… before the light shifted and the clouds bellied up a little farther north.  I threw my kit back into the car and sped up Tilda Hill Road for this one, with the light fading:

Again, the scene changed even as I panned my camera to the south, and again I sped off across Route 2 chasing the ever-shifting ripples.

Then, through a gap in the overhead blanket, the moon appeared:

…too high for a good moon shot, but nonetheless interesting as a landscape element.

At last I packed things up and drove home beneath the thinning clouds, arriving at Berkshire East ski area in time to capture one more 30-second moon shot:

It wasn’t the kind of moon shot I’d been looking for, but rather something totally unexpected.

I guess you never know.




1. susan - February 17, 2011

Once again, although they’re all most wonderful, that last one made my toes tingle. Beautiful work.

2. Randal Graves - February 17, 2011

Here’s hoping your village doesn’t get wiped out by that marching band of orcs.

3. littlebangtheory - February 17, 2011

Went right on by us like we weren’t there, Randal.

Susan, thanks again. In person the clouds were more impressive; the night shot only appeared after the long exposure, and then I was pleased.

4. Adam - February 20, 2011

Nice work. I particularly like the Berkshire East shot.

5. littlebangtheory - February 20, 2011

Thanks, Adam. 🙂

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