Earth Shine and the Waxing Crescent Moon

Earth Shine and the Moon

The moon is once again making an appearance in the night sky. It is currently in the waxing crescent, and it’s a good opportunity to try and capture some earth-shine.

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The Supermoon arrived on time :-).

Standing by the side of the road waiting for the supermoon to rise.

Graeme and I discussed where the moon would rise and decided that we might have a nice clear shot from the hill by the campground looking out to the east over the Ottawa skyline. As we crested the hill, we came upon a wonderful collection of individuals, tripods and cameras and many cars parked on the side of the road. I guess we weren’t the only ones with the same idea :-).
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Tonight is SuperMoon Night

If I close my eyes maybe he won't see me!

It’s a full moon tonight and so far the forecast is for a clear sky in our part of the world so Graeme is working hard to get his camera and telescope ready for the big event.
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Kanata, Ontario – The last fly pass of the “Discovery”

Graeme arrived after work and suggested that, since the night sky was clear, we should try to get a shot of the last pass by of the space shuttle “Discovery”.
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Lunar Eclipse, December 21, 2010

Tonight, we are supposed to be experiencing the first lunar eclipse that will fall on the Winter Solstice (start of winter in Northern Hemisphere) in 300+ years. At the moment, the sky is pretty cloudy where I live, so I might have to be satisfied with looking at this old photo (2007) of the full moon and just imagine a curved shadow crossing over its face :-).
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The Moon over Mirror Lake, New York State

After spending two days in the rain or under heavily overcast skies, we were happy to see the skies clear and the moon come out. It would have been nice if the skies had cleared a few hours earlier when we were still up on the summit of Whiteface Mountain, but I wasn’t complaining about a chance to photograph a moon under such circumstances from the balcony of our room at the Mirror Lake Inn, in Lake Placid, New York.
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Full Moon, Kanata, Ontario

Full Moon, Kanata, Ontario

After attending the fireworks display at Kanata, Ontario’s toboggan slide hill, I returned home.  When I looked up, the moon seemed to be as clear and near as I had seen it in some time.

Tech: Nikon D200 on tripod with Nikon 70-200mm and Nikon 1.7x extender.

 

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Skating on the Rideau Canal – 2006

Skating on the Rideau Canal – 2006

Although ice skates are the most common form of transportation on the frozen stretches of the Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake, they are certainly not the only method.

All of that exercise might lead one toward the food and confection outlets that line some parts of the canal. In addition to a pastry product called “Beavertails”, Maple syrup on the snow is also popular. Great way to spoil an appetite before heading home for supper.

During Ottawa’s winter festival, WINTERLUDE, large snow sculptures can often be found in the area of Dow’s Lake on the Rideau Canal system.