Harvest 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 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 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 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.