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moon and venus over the harbor

of course i had to try a view that included the moon, venus, and the harbor :)  the challenge of this is getting clarity in the small (relatively speaking!) astromonical objects as well as good exposure details given the extreme contrast between the bright moon and the darkness below...this image is more special than can be seen at this size because included in this is the international space station - with the shuttle attached! - crossing at the same time!  the iss though is only as bright as a star, and since it was low to the horizon, in the brighter part of the sky, it is more difficult to see than venus.  i'm not sure one can see it all at this size on the web :( draw a line in from the middle of the left edge and intersect a line up from the single light on the shore and that tiny speck is it :))))


earthshine and venus

last evening we were treated to a sunset conjuction of the moon and venus.  to make it even more special, it was a crescent moon, and between the horns of the crescent an image of the full moon appears...called "earthshine" because it is our own light reflected back by the dark side of the moon!!  add the proximity of venus and the sight was indeed glorious!


tidal pool with pier reflections

this is from one of my sunset rambles last week.  i had been hoping for lovely colors to reflect in the tidal pool but the sunset did not provide that :( still...i loved the different grasses surrounding the pool and the still waters lead to some colorful reflections from the pier :)


twilight mussel

this one really should have followed "sunset mussel glow" because it was taken about 20 minutes after that one.  "barnacle eyes" was taken 4 days later.  the most challenging aspect of shooting these - aside from getting wet! - is finding a clear shot in to the's very crowded down there!!


barnacle eyes

"golden eyes" are what came to my mind when i spotted these two big ones glowing in the low sun yesterday...


sunset mussel glow

the way the last shafts of warm sunset lit only the top of this shell caught my eye...


spring mussels in the surf

i was lucky that same evening to find a lovely section of the shore filled with mussels, spraying surf, and sweet sunset light...heaven to me :)))


a periwinkle's life

last night low tide was just a while before sunset...not an astronomical low, but still, low tide.  and that's a combination i love, as all sorts of things are exposed!  a lovely time to explore along the water line :) i watched this guy as he kept climbing up when the tide turned and the foam and water kept creeping up from below...i left before he reached the top!


spring glasswort

i love discovering and learning something new...and last night i did just that!  the stormy skies were clearing at sunset and the tide was low so i went to the shore to explore :)  i realized upon close examination that the tiny stalks sticking up, mostly green but some in the colors of red and orange, were glasswort, one of my favorite things to shoot in the fall!!  i have never shot them in the spring before, so i will be keeping an eye on them for opportunities...



whelk with leaves

i love when, in the very last few minutes before the sun goes below the horizon, the rays become almost parallel to the ground, highlighting spots along the shore.  yesterday this little spot was picked out for me :)


periwinkle hangout

every spring this log in a tidal pool is home to many periwinkles, and this spring is no exception!


spring surf

the last few sunsets have been clear sky affairs, slightly diffuse but no reflecting clouds for spectacular color :( and they have been breezy...but i like that!  i have been in the thrall of the small green sprigs of the marshgrass as the incoming tide, the waves, and the last light of day washes over them...


whelk shell in green grass

before and after i got distracted by the sprig of marshgrass with foam i explored this lovely shell i found!  the diffuse light was perfect for dealing with the very reflective inners of this.  and i love to see the signs of spring in the little shoots of green marshgrass :)))))


"the widow marshgrass looks west"

it was windy yesterday and the southwest surf made foam in places along the shore as the tide rose.  the tide had turned but some foam was stranded and wind-strewn along the shore.  the lovely diffuse late glow was hitting the sprigs of spring marshgrass at a low angle and caught my eye.  i could not resist the challenge of isolating this one for a shot...


"red at night..."

at last some clouds at sunset, and some nice reflected color :) i got home just in time to grab some gear and get to the eastern shore of the harbor...this is about 20:00 after sunset, and one of my last shots...the intense color faded very quickly!


wide angle whelk

i've been experimenting with my new wide angle lens and trying to diversify my whelk shots :)


whelk leg

i'd just about given up on ever seeing the sun again...but at last, a few sunny days!  no clouds for sunset :( but it's hard to complain - colors still happen :)))

i am very fond the of partial shells, and the inner spiral core of the whelk in particular...this one lying in the pebbles brought out a lot of sunset color!  yesterday was my lucky day twice over - a sunset with sun (!!!) and a lovely whelk core :)


rock in the storm surf 1

the-storm-that-never-leaves brought another day of no sun...but at least no rain either, really.  just wind, south wind but still raw and cold, and clouds.  i was hoping the sun could poke through but no such luck.  still, i went out at sunset just for the exercise since it was the first day all week it was not raining!  i took the wide angle to get the dark and stormy clouds and the waves.  as soon as i set the tripod i could tell something good was happening :)  this is the first shot i took, and i ended up staying about 30 minutes :)))))



translucent scallop shell

that same day this scallop shell being back lit by the sunset as it stood up in the rocks caught my eye!  but i did not have my macro lens with me, only the wide angle...the next day i went back and brought the macro, and sure enough it was still there, right at the edge of the water!  how often does that happen???  and the light was not as sweet for landscape shots as the day before had been so i was not torn about what to concentrate on :)

later i realized that almost a year ago i had found another such scallop shell being backlit - i guess i like them!!


47 minutes with a lens

yesterday was fun :) as i headed out the clouds that had been taunting me all day were disappearing, but it was so warm and pleasant i had to go enjoy it. the low tide, an average one of 0.0', was occuring 16 minutes before sunset, so a tide low enough to expose this rock and allow me to get close to it - my boots are only knee high!  i brought only my new wide angle lens.  these images follow the progression of the light and of the photographer as i move in on the rock.  #1 sets the scene, and #2 is some 12 minutes later, about 3 minutes after the tide turned.  sunset occured between #3 and #4, and #5 is about 20 minutes after sunset, 10 minutes after #4,  requiring an exposure of 25 seconds, twice as long as #4 needed!  47 minutes from #1 to #5, and all with the same wide angle lens...

#1 the scene

#2 just after the tide turned

#3 before sunset

#4 after sunset

#5 in the gloaming