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Consolation Prize. February 18, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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I’m a loser, Baby, but don’t kill me just yet.

After getting skunked in my quest to capture a full moon photo Wednesday night I thought I’d get up early enough Thursday to catch moonset.

So with only four hours sleep I popped out of bed at 5am, microwaved a mug of joe and headed for the high country.  A very hazy moon was just ducking below the hills to the west, and I figured if I hustled I’d have a clear view of the horizon as Luna took her last bow.

But “clear view” was the kicker; turns out my hazy glimpse of Her Fullness was to be my last for the day.  The western horizon was a solid mass of clouds, and though I got to the vantage point I’d planned on, there was nothing to be seen of her.

All was not lost, though – I’d noted that sunrise would be about an hour after moonset, giving me enough time to get across Florida to Whitcomb Summit to catch that phenomenon, if indeed it was worth catching.  For some reason that spot has yielded some of the most amazing raspberry skies I’ve ever seen in the East, and most especially in winter.

I wasn’t disappointed.  The eastern horizon was just cracking a wry red smile as I arrived, and I had time to set up and snap away until I got this:

It was another iteration of the corrugated clouds of the night before, painted pink through a fortuitous gap between Heaven and Earth.

I did nothing to that shot in post-processing other than to bring the levels up; the clouds were moving quickly and a long exposure wouldn’t do, so I under-exposed it at two seconds.

As consolation prizes go, I was satisfied with this one.

Then I was off to brew a fresh pot of coffee and pitch another porch full of firewood.

G’Day!

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Comments»

1. clairz - February 19, 2011

“… just cracking a wry red smile…” Now, you know that those words will stay with me and will pop into my head at sunrise. This is exactly why I come here–wonderful photos, wonderful words.

2. littlebangtheory - February 19, 2011

clairz, thanks. 😉

3. Pagan Sphinx - February 19, 2011

Oh, my. Thank you. I am humbled by this gift. 🙂

4. littlebangtheory - February 19, 2011

PS, don’t be – you more than earn it by sharing all that beauty over at your place!

5. susan - February 25, 2011

Thanks for making the effort that resulted in brightening an overcast Halifax morning.


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