About every 18 years or so, the Moon passes about 50,000 km closer to the Earth producing the effect of the Moon appearing on average 14% larger and 30% brighter in the night sky. This phenomenon is known as the Super Full Moon or Perigee. Yesterday evening and early this morning, this phenomenon occurred once again; the last such event was in March of 1993.
Being such a rare event, I wanted see what I could capture on “film”. So, I ventured outside to the front yard and setup my tripod while I patiently waited the Moon to rise above the cluttered visual noise of palm trees and homes that obscured the eastern horizon. I pulled out the Nikon D7000 and mounted it on the tripod and began setting the camera up the way I figured I would need it to be before the waning light of dusk disappeared for good. I set the camera to “full auto” and “auto” for the ISO mode then set my 18-200 mm lens to manual focus. I thought, naively so, that this would be enough to produce acceptable results… however, I quickly discovered I was wrong.
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Not since 1993, has the Moon appeared so ominously large in the night sky. This “super” full moon, properly known as the Perigee full moon, appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter. You can read more on this rare phenomenon on NASA Science News site. These photos where taken at my home in the early morning hours of March 20th, 2011.
Weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and 20.75″ long, Kinley Storer made her debut before the world at 9:17 EDT. Daughter of proud parents Radlie and Kendra Storer and niece to her proud uncle, JB3. Welcome to the world Kinley, your Uncle James cannot wait to spoil you rotten! My heartfelt love and support go out to my sister and her growing family. May the Lord keep, bless, and protect you all.
At 9:17 EDT on this day, March 14th, 2011, Kinley Storer was born. Congratulations to my sister, Kendra Storer, and her husband, Radlie Storer. I’m finally an uncle!
Oh, one thing I’d like everyone to note… I had to rip this particular photo off of Facebook (aghastttt…) , because it appears, the Facebook community is more important than the excited Uncle waiting patiently for pictures and news. So all you Facebook’ers out there, if you want to see more…
My good friend Claire Willis and I decided to attend the North American Nature Photography Association’s 2011 Nature Photography Summit Trade Show yesterday at the McAllen Convention Center. The show was surprisingly small, however, we were both impressed with the cool photography gadgets and equally humbled by the photography, of all things of a savant-photog high schoolers. Barely leaving with our respective wallet, purses, and credit intact, save a few new titles from Scott Kelby each, we were left with the remainder of a very beautiful South Texas winter afternoon, and nothing to do. Both armed with our cameras, we decided to strike out to find something to shoot. Having shot it many times before, Claire suggested the historical La Lomita Mission in south Mission, and so onward we went.
La Lomita Mission, 03/12/2011
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