Sunset, Moonrise

Sierra Foothills—Sunset over the Foothills, Perspective 1

Sierra Foothills—Sunset over the Foothills, Perspective 1 Click to see larger image.

Sierra Foothills—Moonrise over the Foothills, Perspective 2

Sierra Foothills—Moonrise over the Foothills, Perspective 2 Click to see larger image.

Sunday January 4, was a special night. It was the night when the moon rose in its northernmost position.   Additionally, sunset and moonrise occurred a few minutes apart. So, the sun gave an orange glow to the moon.

A few months ago, I decided I was going to do a series of images to show the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. I would do several images, at different times of day, and different times of the year, to show how the foothills change while retaining their beauty over the course of the year. The oaks and tall grass provide the quintessential look I associate with the foothills – a look that is ingrained in my mind from the westerns I watched as a kid. I can almost see Gene Autrey, Roy Rogers or the Cisco Kid riding down the range.

I visited one of my spots with the intent to shoot the moonrise. I’ve been there for several moonrises but the position of the moon, as it rose, left me wanting a better shot. This evening, the moon was in the position I wanted, it had a beautiful orange glow and, as an added bonus, high thin cirrus clouds to provide a colorful corona. A special night indeed!

As the moon rose, the sunset over my shoulder lit the sky a brilliant orange which cast the trees in silhouette. A lone, old, oak on a hillside stood in grandeur against the orange sky.

I hope you enjoy these images.  Please read my blog: How I Shot This Moonrise for tips on how to make similar images.

Regards

Larry

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