Friday, November 18, 2016

Supermoon Rises

It was heralded as the largest supermoon since 1948.  In case you don’t know what makes a supermoon, it’s one that’s closer to Earth in its elliptical orbit.  The supermoon of last Sunday night was also 14% larger and 30% brighter than a regular full moon.

I was especially excited about this particular supermoon because the moon was rising to the East while the sun was setting just minutes later in the West, which would pink up the sky and provide a nice background for the moon.  

  And suddenly, there it was.  The supermoon appeared as pink as the background sky.

  I couldn’t believe how fast the supermoon was rising.   I could hardly keep up with changing my camera settings as the moon rose and the sky darkened.

  At one point, the moon appeared to be sitting on the opposite shore treeline.

  Finally, the moon was completely above the land.

This month’s full moon is also known as the Frost Moon and the Beaver Moon, since it arrives at the time when, historically, hunters were setting traps to ensure they had enough warm furs for winter.


  1. Wonderful documentation of these special moments of this beautiful and historic full moon, Karen! It is especially pleasing to see it over "our" Bay!

  2. Thanks, Jan. It was a special photoshoot.