I had my first visit to Joshua Tree National Park in California a few days ago.
It was one of those special days when the full moon would rise at sunset. In fact, it was to rise 15 minutes or so before sunset so it would be a perfect time to capture one of those huge pale moons.
At least that was the plan.
But once again, despite all efforts, the moon evaded me.
After exploring the park a little I found this location at Arch Rock where my compass told me the moon would rise behind the arch. I got all set up with about half an hour to spare before moonrise so I decided to do some wide angle shots, like the one below, while I waited.
I was sure glad I did that because when it was finally time for moonrise a big band of clouds came and blocked out the moon entirely until it was well high in the sky. Drat!
Despite all efforts sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate. I stuck to my guns for the longest time waiting for the moon but just as the sun was setting I bailed out, found another location, and got some great shots of the sunset. (I’ll have that shot to show you next time.)
We are actually staying in Palm Springs right now. It was about an hour’s drive down to Joshua Tree and I only went down there because of the moonrise. But I am going back there next week to do some camping right in the park. There will be no moon then so I can try some more star trails. Keep your fingers crossed for clear weather for me!
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