“This full moon will be not only the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016 but also the largest since 1948, Bob Berman, an astronomer at the Slooh Community Observatory, told Space.com. What’s more, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.” – Source
I captured the supermoon on November 14th, 2016, when it was just risen about 6.40PM (Central Time). It was bright, yellow and big. Our tree line was all we have to directly compare and showcase how big the moon was and that was not good enough. The next several nights, the moon was just as gorgeous as when it was on its peak. One of those nights, we drove through the old downtown Edgewood and witnessed the moon rising against the houses and buildings. It made a huge difference. The moon looked much larger. It was humongous! Of course, I didn’t have my camera then and the moon has passed its peak. But this gave me an idea to make my version of supermoon shot.
I took a picture of the Christmas Parade in downtown Edgewood in 2012. I have this picture in my third photobook, The Dancing Trees. I have always loved this picture – silhouette of horse riders in lighted downtown Edgewood on sunset. I thought it would be nice to superimpose this photo with the big yellow moon I took on November 14th, 2016. And here it is, my version of supermoon 2016 shot.
Superimposed photo of the November 2016 supermoon and Edgewood Christmas Parade 2012
Supermoon November 2016 in Edgewood, Tx. Taken with 400mm, no cropping.
Lat night, September 27th, 2015, we witnessed a rare supermoon eclipse, the first of its kind since 1982, and the last we’ll see until 2033. Those who live in North America were especially lucky to be able to watch this phenomenon between 8:00 PM to 11:00PM. Although it was a little bit hazy to start with, the sky was gorgeous as the moon reflected the reddish hue while Earth’s shadow passed over it. The sky turned really dark around the peak time of the eclipse and I had difficulty focusing on the disappearing moon. That explains blurriness on some of the red moon shots.
9:51 PM – the closes to total lunar eclipse’s peak
The August full moon is here tonight. Some Native American fishing tribes called the August full moon as the “Sturgeon Moon” as the large fish sturgeon were most readily caught during this month. Other tribes call it Full Red Moon, because of its reddish shade when it rises. It was also called Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon
It’s exciting, but the best is yet to come. The next full moon (September 27, 2015) will be the closest on the calendar to the autumnal equinox (autumn will start September 22) and known as the Harvest Moon. It will also be the biggest full moon of 2015. To make this event more exciting, September 27 will also feature a total lunar eclipse. Keep watching! Source Space.com.
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower was at its best the past two days. Last night, the Milky Way was right on top of our farm house in Edgewood, TX, shifting from our South within five days. While watching the stars, occasional Perseid meteors left trails.
Looking Northeast, a Perseid meteor and Milky Way (and a jet trail on bottom left), August 13th, 2015, 11PM
Looking South, Milky Way and a short meteor trail, August 8th, 2015, 10PM
Blue Moon is a phenomenon that occurs when a second full moon happens in one calendar month. Last night, not only was it the blue moon, but it was also a supermoon (or perigee) which occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to the earth. The first full moon in the month of July 2015 was on July 1st. This is a rare occasion. The last blue moon happens in 2012 and the next one will be in 2018. The infrequent nature of this lunar event led to the phrase “once in a blue moon” to signify a rare occurrence. It does not actually mean the moon will be blue. (Telegraph.co.uk)
The blue moon over Edgewood, Tx – July 31st, 2015, 11pm
The moon and sky in the morning, August 1st, 2015, 6.30 am
It has been so alive and active up there, lately. Cold front from the North and warm air wave from the South were fighting for a place here in East Texas. It brought few scattered thunderstorms, cool temperature one day and very warm the next. But the best thing was these spreads of playful clouds on the skyscape. One cool-ish afternoon, close to the end of June, the clouds decided to mock the shape of the tree lines – at least according to my eyesight.
Patches of white and grey puffy clouds spread all over the blue canvas of sky two mornings ago. From east to west, north to south. On the east, gleams of brilliant warmth reflected on the edge of the altocumulus where the sun tried to peek through. It was one-of-a-kind morning.
A January , 7 a.m., morning view from the front porch. These subjects with the same point of view have been photographed over and over in different lights, time, and season. Just can’t get enough of them.
I’ve been observing and preserving the beauty of East Texas sky since I moved here, in Edgewood, in 2006. In 2012, I self-published my photography book, On the Edge of the Piney Woods, compiling the photographs of ever-changing Texas sky and the land’s natural beauty in four seasons. The sky and the land don’t stop amaze me with their ever-changing beauty and surprises, so I keep taking photographs of the same subjects. Like these views of one fiery sunrise in early winter in December 2013. The ray of golden sunlight caught my eyes through the kitchen window, as always, notifying me that a glorious scene was going to play out there in a few seconds. Without delay, I grabbed my camera and got out there in a crisp morning to capture it.
Van Zandt County Balloon Festival was held last weekend (May 19th, 2012) at Tailwind Airpark in Canton, Texas. About a dozen hot-air balloons participated and specked the sky over Canton with colorful bubbles early Saturday, and also Sunday, morning. Airplane flying demonstrations entertained the crowds during the day until it’s time for balloon glows near sunset. Everybody seemed to have tons of fun in this event. The sight of giant glowing bubbles and the sound of hot air being blown into the balloons, plus children screaming of excitement, left me with happy feeling. I am looking forward to next year’s Van Zandt County Balloon Festival!
“Here in East Texas, we are blessed with a big, beautiful, ever-changing sky. A sky free of the smoke-belching pillars of industry and the noxious fumes of urban clutter. Someday, that may change; but for now, the only thing out of place in our sky is the occasional contrail of an overflying jet, and the only noxious fumes are generated by the resident skunks.
When we were children, we would lay in the cool grass of summer and try to find familiar shapes in those puffy white clouds. As our appreciation for more abstract beauty grew, so did our wonder in the beauty of our sky.”
These pictures of gorgeous, dramatic sky were taken on the Leap Year Day 2012. I was eager to find something to photograph that day. I missed the golden light in the morning and there was nothing that caught my eyes during the day. Then, early evening just before the golden hour, while I was cooking dinner with stoves and oven burning, from my kitchen windows I saw puff and puff of clouds. That was it! Perfect object, not so perfect time, but I managed to accomplish both tasks.
Three pictures from this sky collection had been chosen to be included in my photo book, the last one in the gallery above even made the cut for the front cover.