Friday, July 8, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Gibbous Moon

This is on US 412  running east down the Oklahoma panhandle.  On both sides are endless fields of corn, head feed and soy beans, broken only by the occasional farm house and its out buildings and a few trees.  Hanging up in the eastern sky is the waxing gibbous moon which seems to move in tandem with the car.  While driving through as uniform a landscape as this it is easy to begin to see the automobile as stationary and see the fields as rushing by. 

At certain times of year when the full moon rises aligned itself with the road, the illusion is of climbing a silver ribbon of highway directly toward the moon.  This would be an excellent opportunity to play Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" quite loud.

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Owlfarmer said... [Reply to comment]

This is deliciously simple and rather dramatic. The color grading is really nice, too. There are significant advantages to being where it's flat and the sky's so big it doesn't end. As much as I like trees, sometimes they just cover up too much sky.

Magical Mystical Teacher said... [Reply to comment]

I understand the the moon is one of the hardest planetary bodies to photograph, but you've done a masterful job!


Planets hurtling through the sky,
Can you tell me one thing: Why
Are you intent on fleeing
Far from human sight and seeing?

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Sky Over Zacatecas

HereBeDragons said... [Reply to comment]

Love it. Makes me miss the plains. There is something so relaxing and simple about standing out in the middle of nowhere.

Birdman said... [Reply to comment]

Hahahaha Love your visual and musical comments on this one. Drive on!