The Strawberry Moon

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A wise man once said, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth”. And the moon proved all of her glory last night. This months full moon is known as the Strawberry Moon, Mead Moon, Rose Moon, or Thunder Moon. It is the only night of the month in which the moon not only rises while the sun sets, but then sets with the following mornings sunrise. Therefor making it visible for the entire overnight hours.

This year, The Strawberry moon happened to fall on the first Summer Solstice since 1948, And will not be seen again until a predicted 2098. So being able to grab the camera and get as many detailed pictures as I could, was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. I am, by no means, a photographer. I have a Lumix DMC-FZ70  with a stock lens (for now). But what I do have, is a passion for capturing and sharing the images that I am lucky enough to catch. And I am quite amazed at some of the images I have captured. It’s amazing what shutter speed can do.

So I rushed home from work, showered, ate and assembled the equipment on the back porch looking due south. Me, the camera, Bluetooth speaker, tablet and a cold 6 pack of beer on ice. And waited. And waited.

Eventually, as the sun had been set for about a half hour, I was able to see what looked like a freshly cut blood orange right at the horizon through a thick cover of trees. She was on the rise and looking sultry as hell. And I couldn’t wait!! As she continued her path into the dark blue evening sky and the sun setting deeper into the western skyline, she had shed her reddish tones and looked more like a sliced peach. Still unable to get a good lens on her through the trees, The sight by eye was pure bliss.

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Finally, after about an hour, She started gaining momentum on the rise. Although she had the hue of a Mango at this point, I was still ready for her and all of her beauty. She was emitting so much light that I had to find the darkest place on my property to even get a shot on her fully exposed awesomeness. I had clouds moving in from the north just as she topped the tallest trees on my horizon. My window was small and accuracy was a must. Then, there it was. Just me and her. Her lighting my nighttime world, and me admiring her through a 60X optical zoom. She’s a beauty!!

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