Bernie and more moons

March 24, 2016

March 24, Thursday

Bernie sign on Ford Ranger pickup truck in Farmington

Bernie sign on Ford Ranger pickup truck in Farmington (Click to enlarge image)

On the way to the Natural Grocers store in Farmington I saw a resident has placed a huge sign for Bernie Sanders on the back of a classic Ford Ranger pickup truck. The paint job of the truck (blue and white) matches the colors on Bernie’s sign, which appears to be well bolted onto the bed of the truck. So far it’s the only campaign sign I’ve seen out here.

Continuing with the moon theme, I went out Wednesday evening for the full moonrise at Fajada Butte. I chose a spot where I could see the moon rise and then would be able to position myself on the road to get the butte. Around the predicted time there was a definite orange glow on the eastern horizon. I took a few photos before the rise of what looked like a fuzzy ball surrounded by a deep blue sky. Then suddenly I saw a bright light, the top half of the moon clearing the mesa in the distance, slowly rising. In the deepening twilight with Fajada looming close by you could almost hear Richard Strauss “Also sprach Zarathusra”. As the moon gained altitude I moved south to try to get the butte in the picture. I timed it so the moon cleared the top of the butte right at one of the well-known rock formations at the top, which made for a nice silhouette.

I’ve wanted to do a series of early/late sun and moonlight on Fajada from our porch. I got up early Thursday for the sunrise and as I’m lining up the shot of the butte I look to my right and see the big full moon setting. The light was perfect as the western sky was still in twilight and the moon was bright. In a few minutes the sun rose, painting the cliffs and the top of Fajada in a brilliant orange light. In the quiet of the early morning it was a serene sight.

Full moon rising behind Fajada Butte formation

Full moon rising behind Fajada Butte formation

Moonset and Fajada Butte on Thursday morning

Moonset and Fajada Butte on Thursday morning (Click to enlarge image)

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