Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

September 3, 2012

Blue Moon

I hope everyone (who had clear weather) had a chance to see the Blue Moon on the night of August 31.  It was the second full moon of the month, and that doesn't happen very often.  It's not actually a blue-coloured moon though.  I probably should have driven over to the Canal or Scusset Beach for the moonrise but I was already in my jammies and relaxing at home with the squeeze, so I braved the mosquitoes in my front yard to shoot from there.  The sun had just set, so the moon came up huge and bright orange!

I took about 12 pictures, in the hope of nailing a good shot.  This is the first one as it emerged through the trees.

I accidentally shook the tripod when taking this one, and the shutter was open way too long.  Drat.

Was more careful about the tripod, but the shutter is still open too long.  I set it on 'bulb' for more control.

Took about a half dozen of these where it's not zoomed in.

Then I finally got the shot I was looking for.

And one more for safety.

There won't be another Blue Moon till 2015.


  1. Beautiful photographs, admiring such views it is pleasure. I am greeting

  2. Nice shots, JoJo. We saw the Blue Moon, but we're in the same area of the country, just further north in Vancouver, Canada.

  3. Lovely photography! :) I did see the blue moon, it was so interesting and big! :)


  4. Anonymous1:49 PM

    Unfortunately, we were swathed in cloud, so thanks for the pix :0)

  5. Beautiful. I saw it, but never thought to take pix. Can always rely on JoJo!

  6. Awesome shots of the moon!!


  7. You got some really great shots there, JoJo! I barely had time (or memory) to go check it out.
    Some Dark Romantic

  8. I got to see it but didn't even think to take a picture LOL