Moonrise/Sunrise, 2006.3.15-16

Back again. Work was hectic this week. Didn’t get away from it on Tuesday until too late to set out cameras. So on Wednesday I set out two cameras. I didn’t travel far, just to the Manteo waterfront. The sky was perfectly clear, and the forecast was for clear skies all night.

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I set out both cameras facing the Roanoke Marshes lighthouse. This one was on a monopod I jammed into the ground off the boardwalk. Although it was clear most of the night, it was a bit cloudy by early morning.

This one was only a few feet away, taped to a post

After setting out the cameras, I walked down the street to Gallery 101. The gallery had been closed since December, but the owner was there, working on getting ready to open this weekend. It was nice to see him again, but he was pretty busy, so I wandered on after a brief visit.

By the time I got back to the cameras, the moon was just over the horizon. It was a brilliant orange, and once again I asked myself “why didn’t I load these pots with color film?”. That happens a lot. Every light in the scene was white, so I’m thinking “great, black and white”. But then that orange moon comes up. Anyway, I just sat there a while, watching the moon rise, not thinking about too much. I like that.

The timeline


Sunset 6:10 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:36 p.m.
Open cameras 6:55 p.m.
Moonrise 7:00 p.m.

Begin civil twilight 5:47 a.m.
Close cameras 5:58 a.m. (approximate)
Sunrise 6:12 a.m.

Phase of the Moon on 15 March: waning gibbous with 100% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.

2 thoughts on “Moonrise/Sunrise, 2006.3.15-16”

  1. oh my! 11 hrs – this is exactly what i was hoping to find tonight! nicely done and very beautiful. those lights reflecting off the water…mmnm!

  2. Gregg, both of these images are outstanding. The curves in the top image are appealing, adding dreaminess. The moon path reflection in the water is wonderful as well. I think the combination of building (lighthouse), reflections, electric lights in the otherwise natural setting make these two of the best.

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