Continuing on the full moon motif, on May 18th I stopped at the US Air Force Academy overlook because the moon and Pikes Peak presented me with a great scene.
There was a thin layer of clouds giving the scene a surreal look. The SmugMug album has four photos from that morning. I had fully planned to be late for work for the chance to watch the moon set beyond the Peak.
Unfortunately, the clouds got heavier, and the moon became just a bright spot behind the clouds, with not enough definition to make it worth my time. I was glad I got what I did but sad to not have seen the rest of it.
A month and a few days later, on June 16th, another full moon, and this time the only clouds in the way were there to enhance, not hinder the spectacle that was about to unfold.
I know few people actually click on the images to go to the SmugMug album, but these might be worth seeing in better resolution. Clicking on any of the images will take you there.
This, in my opinion, is the money shot; the moon “touches” Pikes Peak. Had it been a little bit to the left it would have settled right on the Visitor Center.
Because I took so many pictures (the process took 10-12 minutes from the time I got there to when I left), I made a little YouTube animation from them all (linked below).
Be forewarned; I was not thinking movie when I shot the pictures, and I could not be bothered to line them up, so the moon “wanders” from one frame to the other.
Also, I set it to a piece of music I like. Kudos to anyone who recognizes it (without looking it up).
Lastly, in retrospect, I should have watched, and kept shooting, until the moon was completely set.
Unfortunately, I was focused on getting the touchdown moment and was not thinking ahead about having the full sequence. I will do that next time. Don’t forget to check out the SmugMug album after watching the movie.