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B 1798 C 26 E Apr 15, 2014 F Apr 15, 2014
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Blood Red Moon April 15th 2014. Taken by me and my son Thomas Atkeson from our back deck at Bass Lake California.

The eclipse was seen across North America and much of South America.

More lunar eclipses coming up later this year and early next.

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Tags:   Lunar Moon Total Eclipse Blood Orange April 2014 Full Astronomy Nikon D800E 400mm Darv Darvin Thomas Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

B 3606 C 14 E Dec 16, 2013 F Dec 17, 2013
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A full moon clears Clouds Rest to shine light down on Yosemite Valley as the last rays of the sun illuminate El Capitan and the peaks above Bridal Veil. Man of the peaks still show signs of last week’s snowstorm and help to catch the last fading light of the sun.

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Tags:   Yosemite Valley Moonrise Moon Full Moon National Park El Capitan Bridal Veil Waterfall Glow Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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Hot Creek is a hidden little river that runs through desert East of the Sierra Nevada. It’s name comes from the volcanic pools that come to the surface next to the river and mix with the ice cold water. As a result it has long been a popular place for swimming and skinny dippers after dark. But this beauty has teeth too and a number of people have been burned by sudden changes in the currents. The shifting breeze brings the familiar smell of sulfur lofting up from the canyon below. The river seemed to glow in the moonlight as two bathers made their way down to dip in the warm waters under a moonlit sky.

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Tags:   Hot Creek Eastern Sierra Mountains Sierra California Mammoth Snow Steam Volcanic Skinny Dippers River Creek Moon Moonlight Stars Autunm Fall Golden Light Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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A Harvest Moon rises over the calm waters of Bass Lake in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s been so long since I lived in the mountains I had forgotten that the rise and set of the sun and moon are delayed due to the high mountains that surround you. So I waited for the last Full Moon of Summer to rise over the lake near North Fork. I was hoping for a moon at sunset but due to the mountains on the far horizon it took the moon an additional 40 minutes by which time the skies had faded. I improvised and use the trees and my hand to cut down on the brightness of the moon. Yes, my hand acted as an ND filter to reduce the exposure time on the sky. Sort of a poor man’s method but in this case just too lazy to run back up to the car and get the filters.

After shooting the wife and I took a drive around the moonlit lake. Stunning to see the full moon shimmering in the water between the pines. It’s nice being back in the Mountains.


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Tags:   Moon Moonrise Bass Lake Lake Pines The Forks Oakhurst Sierra Mountains Glow Light Moonlight Full Moon Full Summer Stars Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

B 10386 C 31 E Aug 17, 2013 F Aug 29, 2013
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As the stars began to appear the moon rose in the sky. At this altitude
you can see the stars so well they don't have to compete with the bright
moon to be seen. I was pleasantly surprised to spot the Andromeda Galaxy
rising just above and to the left of Half Dome. Haze from a nearby
wildfire filled the night time sky and concentrated in the valley below
adding an orange hue to the normally white granite of Yosemite Valley
casting an eerie light on the valley.

The fires this year have been harsh and massive and much of the fire season
is left to go. The Rim Fire still burns on the north eastern side of
Yosemite and I plan to head out to film it if I can see it tonight. Fires
are a normal process for the Sierra forests but as with everything,
moderation is best. This year was particularly dry and it will take
literally hundreds of years for much of the burnt forests to recover. In
the meantime other plants will flourish in the remains of the once dense
forest. Still, the drive from San Francisco to Yosemite will not be the
same wonderful trek through pristine forests.

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Tags:   Half Dome Yosemite National Park California US United States America Glacier Point Stars Night Moonlit Moon Andromeda Milky Way Star Light Wild Fires Sierra Nevada Mountain Range High Country Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com


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