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Moonlight

Moon, Fiji, 2016

Are these photos of moonlight, or photos of the moon? I suspect the latter, but I’ve included them in Becky’s “—light” challenge anyway! Does the moon look odd to you Northern Hemisphere dwellers? The photos were taken in Kakadu National Park, Australia (feature photo), Fiji and Sydney, so the moon’s orientation may not be what you’re used to.

This will be my last post for the January Light challenge, and once again huge thanks are due to our indefatigable host Becky. I don’t know how she manages these month-long challenges so many times a year.

Moon, Sydney, 2013

And a gallery of my square light photos, including a couple for which I couldn’t think of Xlight names so didn’t post:

Posted as part of January Squares, the theme for which is words ending in light.

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Crescent moon, Saturn and Venus

Venus, Saturn, crescent moon, Antares

The bright point at top left is the planet Venus; the larger, diffuse bright light above the trees is the crescent moon (scroll down for a much better shot); and between them is the planet Saturn. The star Antares in the constellation Scorpius is the reddish dot (like the point of a triangle) to the left of Saturn. To the right of Saturn is the star Sabik, in the constellation Ophiuchus.

There are times when I definitely want a better camera/lenses, and this was one of them! Tonight in Sydney the evening sky was clear and crisp, and there was no wind: perfect photography conditions. Sadly, my single lens bridge camera struggles to capture these sorts of shots as well as might be wished (a lot of noise, and less than ideal focus), but nonetheless I think you can appreciate how beautiful the night sky was.

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The same as above, but a few minutes later. The sky is losing its end-of-day dark blue hue.

Crescent moon, with a couple of minor stars in the constellation Ophiuchus.

Crescent moon, with a couple of minor stars in the constellation Ophiuchus.

September Supermoon

Supermoon over Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australai

The giant moon rises above the trees.

I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Australia’s “Top End”. Although the eclipse was not visible from Australia, I was lucky enough to be on a boat in the breathtaking Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, as the supermoon rose.

Supermoon over Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australai

The moon and its reflection in the Katherine River