Super Moon over Three Days

Super Moon over Three Days and Best Laid Plans

Super moon this November has been spectacular, even in the afternoon hours. Saturday I photographed the moonrise over the Sandias, partly because it was so beautiful, and partly because I wanted to prepare for photographing tonight (Sunday, November 13). I’m really glad I have the images from Saturday. You have seen the animated gif already, and this is a black and white of the moon on Saturday night.

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Moonrise, November 12, 2016

Late Sunday afternoon I set up my tripod, and got the camera set in such a way that I would be able to make final adjustments quickly when the moon rose. From where I live in Albuquerque, moonrise is never at the time the Tables say, because the moon has to clear the Sandia Mountains and not the horizon before becoming visible. I knew a lot of light would not be left by the time the moon actually appeared, but I had hoped for some. However, I was more disappointed than surprised when it was dark.

I was even more surprised by where the moon finally appeared. I was expecting relatively close to where you see it in the image above. That is not where it rose!!! Rather, it rose to the left of that tree, in between the tree and a neighbor’s swamp cooler. This was a learning experience. I moved the tripod and adjusted the camera settings. Because I had so much fun making an animated gif yesterday, I took a series for another gif. Then I made images specifically for the close-to-full (99.6%) moon.

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Super Moon November 13, 2016
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November 2016 Super Moon

Because this moon was to be its largest near dawn of Monday, November 14, I got up to see what was visible. It was still dark. At 6:11 am MST I was able to get this clear shot. Note the slightly orange color as the moon is closer to the horizon.

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Super Moon 6:11 am MST

I have been reminded with this moon how quickly the light changes at sunset and sunrise. I’ve known that, but was definitely reminded! The images in this gif were made between 6:19 and 6:26 am, MST. There was no way to avoid seeing the moon through neighborhood trees from my home. It was still fun to make a gif.

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Super Moon Moon Set

I hope you have enjoyed three days of the November 2016 Super Moon as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.

6 Replies to “Super Moon over Three Days”

  1. Great gifs. Tomorrow morning, I think the moon is going to be blocked by your trees when it sets. I’ll have to see how it looks from our house.

    1. Hi, Tim. Yes, I’m pretty sure the moon tomorrow morning will be blocked by the trees. But, it has been a fun three days for me. The outstanding image of all I have seen anywhere is yours of the moon over Greyhound Station! I hope your view tomorrow is a good one!

  2. Susan,
    Great clarity. It makes the moon seem so close and even brighter. Thanks for sharing your industrious photos.

    1. Hi, Barbara. Thanks for coming by, taking the time to look at the images, and then for leaving a comment. After the spectacular Blood Red Total Lunar Eclipse here of 2015, I thought I would never again feel inspired to photograph a moon. I have to laugh at myself for spending a good part of three days working with this moon. Even a little more – I just went out this morning and photographed today’s moon, and if I didn’t have to be somewhere in a bit, I would do another series today. 🙂 ))))))))
      Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Beautiful image, Susan! Too many clouds here, so it was wonderful to see photos from you and Tim.

    Email notification of your posts is definitely not working consistently.

    1. Hi, Lavinia.
      Grrrrrrrr…to email notifications! I will contact WP again!
      Thank you so much for the comment. We can be so lucky here with clear skies most of the time when we need them! I’m always happy to have clouds for sunrise and sunset (light clouds, not storm clouds 😉 ) that can then go away for other things. Tim and I were in great locations for this Super Moon. There will be another in December, not quite as large but still a Super Moon, that hopefully you will be able to see.

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