Ferruginous Hawk, Harvest Moon and the Rising Sun

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Harvest Moon Setting over the Stansbury Mountains October 6, 2017Harvest Moon Setting over the Stansbury Mountains October 6, 2017 – Nikon D810, f11, 1/125, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 170mm, natural light

I didn’t get to see the rising Harvest Moon but I did get to photograph it as it was setting here yesterday morning over the Stansbury Mountains in the West Desert. The sun light kissed the mountains with a beautiful golden hue for a few minutes along with the moon slipping slowly down behind them, how could anyone resist stopping and taking a few photos?

Sun rising opposite the setting Harvest MoonSun rising opposite the setting Harvest Moon – Nikon D810, f11, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, natural light

The sun was rising over the Oquirrh Mountains as the Harvest Moon was setting over the Stansbury Mountains while I stood between the two mountain ranges so I felt I had to include a photo of the rising sun too. I’m not sorry about the lens flares, they add a little bling to this photo.  This photo was taken about one minute later than the photo above.

October 6, 2017 - Harvest Moon slipping behind the Stansbury MountainsOctober 6, 2017 – Harvest Moon slipping behind the Stansbury Mountains – Nikon D810, f11, 1/200, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 200mm, natural light

And this photo was created just a few seconds later, one minute can sure make a difference when it comes to the moon slipping behind the mountains. It wasn’t long before the moon was completely out of view.

Ferruginous Hawk near farm landFerruginous Hawk near farm land- Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 500, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

So, other than seeing the Harvest Moon my primary goal for the day was to locate and photograph birds. Truthfully I had better luck with the moon and mountains than I did birds yesterday except for one handsome Ferruginous Hawk perched along the road near farm lands. There had been a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk near it but that hawk flew away immediately while this one stuck around for a few minutes. The regal looking hawk was perched on an old wooden fence post in the morning light and I was delighted to have it in my view finder. I also thought the background turned out beautifully because the morning light and shadows on the countryside and a reddish colored bush almost looks like it was painted.

Life is good.



  1. Marty K October 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Love the landscape shots. Gorgeous! 🙂

  2. Kim October 9, 2017 at 6:15 am

    So beautiful!

  3. April Olson October 7, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Beautiful photos, What a lovely day. I saw my first Ferrugie in Idaho last weekend. No photos, too far away.

  4. Laura Culley October 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I just love the shot of the Ferruginous hawk! What a beauty, but then, I DARE you to find the ugly one! Methinks that would be a colossal waste of time and energy! 😉
    Here in Northern Arizona, the moonrises and moonsets of the Harvest moon were simply spectacular from the moment it peeked over the mountains to my east to when it set over the mountains to my west. (I REALLY need to look up their proper names.) It was just stunning in its beauty and I stood there in utter awe, just watching. No, I wasn’t moved to find my camera. I’m NOT a photographer and I knew that wasn’t going to result in anything noteworthy–or even acceptable. But the outrageous beauty took my breath away for each of the last three nights! It’s sights like that that inspire my creativity and confirm that life IS good. But alas, I’m readying my house for NY guests. On the good side, it’s finally getting organized (except for the stuff I pirated away into various closets and back to the garage for another time) and cleaned thoroughly. On the bad side, I’m not recording the words running through my head right now AND I’m wearing myself to a frazzle. After my friends leave, there will be extended naps.
    Thank you SO much for sharing these images! You ROCK!

  5. John Sherrill October 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Beautiful photo of a majestic raptor! When I think of Ferruginous Hawks, I think of Centennial Valley. We drove through there 3 weeks ago in the middle of a snowstorm! We didn’t see any Ferruginous but we saw a number of stalwart Redtails and even a Belted Kingfisher thanks for a great photo. John

  6. Patty Chadwick October 7, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I ALWAYS consider your landscapes, cloudscapes, plant and insect pictures sa special treats!!! I’ll
    bet these are much appreciated by far more than just me…

  7. Steve October 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Very nice Mia

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