Macro Monday: The supermoon of June 2013

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

Technically this photo is a zoom and not a macro but I really wanted to take the opportunity to share it with you. I took it on June 21, 2013, when the moon was almost full and was supposed to be the supermoon of 2013. I actually tried to take a photo of the full moon on Saturday and then again on Sunday, when the moon was supposed to be at its fullest. But there was obviously some haze or cloud cover between me and the moon and the surface of the moon wasn’t very sharp. So here’s an almost full supermoon, also called a perigee moon. I love being able to capture so many moon details, including the craters on the bottom part. By the way, I used my brand new Canon Powershot SX280 HS camera for this picture, with a 20x optical zoom. I already love this camera!

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The clouds are on fire!

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I love sunsets and how the sun tries to burn up the sky as it goes past the horizon at the end of the day. But there’s something very special about sunrises too, where the sun manages to light up the sky for several minutes before you can actually see it. That’s when the sky can suddenly feature some amazing colors. The best sunrises (and sunsets) usually display some type of clouds, which deflect the sunlight in many directions and shades of color.

I took the sunrise photo below on a winter morning almost a year ago. As soon as I looked at the sky, I knew it’d be one of these special sunrises and I hoped my camera batteries weren’t dead because I wouldn’t have time to grab spares. There’s something about the winter light that can makes for great sunrises. This sunrise makes it look like the clouds are on fire. I tried to take pictures of the clouds once they passed the trees, but by then the light had already changed. Better luck next time!

You can click on the photo of this winter sunrise for a larger view.

Photo of a winter sunrise - clouds on fire
Photo of a winter sunrise – clouds on fire

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Weather

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I’m participating in the LetsBeWild.com Wild Weekly Photo Challenge! This week’s Challenge is: Weather.

I live in San Diego, in Southern California. I enjoy beautiful weather probably two thirds of the year. The baking heat of the summer is the bad part, but the skies can still be beautiful. On many days, the weather looks like this. Not a single cloud in the bright blue sky.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Weather in Southern California
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Weather in Southern California

On a cloudy day, which is a rare occasion, the skies will look like this. You can still find plenty of blue sky even when the weather isn’t so great.

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - weather - cloudy day in San Diego, California
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – weather – cloudy day in San Diego, California

On a rainy day, which is even rarer than a cloudy day, things get wet, but they still look pretty. Here’s a wet California lemon enjoying the precious rain. Yep, it’s the one I’m featuring in my 2013 photo calendar, which is now set up for sale by the way (I haven’t launched it officially yet, but it’s coming…).

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - weather - a wet lemon in San Diego
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – weather – a wet lemon in San Diego

And of course, after the rain comes more sun. Things may still be a little wet, but the blue sky we enjoy on most days doesn’t like to miss a beat. This is Southern California weather for you in a nutshell!

Let's be wild weekly photo challenge - weather - wet branch after the rain
Let’s be wild weekly photo challenge – weather – wet branch after the rain