Mount Baldy moonrise

October 27, 2013

2013-10-19 Mt Baldy moonrise

Last Saturday London and I were stargazing up on Mount Baldy. I knew the waning gibbous moon was going to rise a little before 8:00. What I had not anticipated is how awesome it would look, coming up through the trees on the next ridge over, a mile or so away. And because I had not anticipated that, I didn’t have the camera with me.

So, nothing for it: we had to go back up the mountain Sunday night, with the camera this time, just to catch the moonrise. Up top is the tweaked and left-right corrected version, below is the raw image.

Next month I want to go back and catch the full moon rising. I’ll keep you posted.



  1. Congratulations — your best image yet.

  2. Stunning image. Dramatic. Convert it to black and white, high contrast, and it would look like something from the Ansel Adams catalog.


  3. I am a planetary scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX, and I’m very interested in using your beautiful photo “Mount Baldy Moonrise” in a project I’m working on. Please contact me directly before the end of August, 2014 for more specifics if you’re interested!

  4. Hi Debra,

    Thanks for the kind words. I am interested–can you please give me more information on how best to contact you? Feel free to email me at mathew.wedel@gmail.com.

  5. […] Hurwitz, a postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. She was interested in using my Mount Baldy moonrise photo in a graphic that would show how the moon appears from different latitutes. As a committed […]

  6. […] up behind the ridgeline to the east. It had been a long time since I’d had a chance to shoot the moon rising behind trees, so I quickly set up the camera adapter and got to work. My best still shot is at the top of this […]

  7. […] me of the fun I used to have catching the moon rising through distant trees up on Mount Baldy (here and here). I need to get back to […]

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