Sliver

Long ago, the image above was posted on this blog. But one day, by methods unknown, gremlins managed to delete that post. So here it is again.

This has always been my favorite photograph of the Moon, and it was captured from the very same hilltop that I wrote about two weeks ago. I was shooting with my bulky old 300mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens, which was once used by press photographers at a Maryland newspaper, until they sold it to me.

A few minutes later, while the big lens was still attached, I recorded some video for those who would like to see the Moon in motion. Note the dark contrail as a jet flies from left to right just below the Moon…

(If you don’t see a video directly above this line, follow this link to my YouTube channel.)

Print Shopping Season

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Fool on the Hill

Every journey through South Dakota includes a drive to the top my favorite hill in Yankton County. Alone and standing high above the surrounding farmland, it offers broad unobstructed views of the evening sky. It’s a quiet and peaceful place to watch the Sun and the Moon as they fall toward the prairie.

Last month, on the day following the New Moon, I parked on the hilltop and set up the tripod, camera and 200mm lens. The sky was generally clear, but a wall of clouds on the western horizon had me wondering if I would see the entire show.

While I waited for twilight to arrive, I spent time shooting the colorful layers of the evening clouds at full zoom…

But a surprise was waiting at the bottom of that cloud wall…a thin window of open sky right at the horizon. It was strange to see the lower limb of the Sun appear out of that dark mass and then watch the remainder of the sunset through the slim gap…

Then it was time for Luna to sink through the clouds—just a 3.3% waxing crescent at the time of these photos…

The lights at the bottom of the next photo belong to distant farmhouses…

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Financial considerations will play a major role in my future travel plans, and supplemental income will be needed if I hope to continue exploring rural roads and remote corners of North America. I have created a support page at Ko-fi.com. If you enjoy reading these posts and seeing the images I gather as I roam this continent, you can view my page and, if you wish, make a donation by clicking the blue button…

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