Montana Outdoors

September 1, 2012

Halloween moon

Filed under: Cataract roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:28 pm

Blue Moon

Thursday evening, soon after setting up a very simple camp for the night at the trail head for Seven Point Mountain, the “blue” moon started to appear over a ridge top behind me. Even though I had neither a tripod nor a long lens I couldn’t pass up a try at a shot of an old dead snag on the ridge in silhouette against the moon. I caught a Halloween Moon!

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  1. Great juxta-position! What a beaut she was last eve.

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    Comment by C.C. — September 1, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  2. Yes, you did! Good job.

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    Comment by Debby — September 1, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  3. Wow, it is! \What a shot you got!

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    Comment by sandy — September 1, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    • Next time out though I’ll have a tripod in the Jeep!

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

  4. It was a fantastic moon last night, but I didn’t realize it was a blue moon until you posted it. And yes, it’s the 31st and the other full moon was on the 1st. They say it won’t happen again until 2015.
    Very nice photo! You should frame that and hang it on your wall.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 1, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    • I wasn’t thinking about the blue moon either until I noticed it was very full and bright as it began to show. Maybe I’ll print a copy to hang on the door on Halloween.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  5. Beautiful! Sigh.., it was foggy here last night. But glad I can see gorgeous photos of the blue moon!

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    Comment by A Nature Mom — September 1, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    • It was very clear that night but the next day the skies were filled with smoke and the visibility was limited.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  6. Very cool & very Halloween! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — September 1, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    • I wasn’t thinking “Halloween”, but that’s what turned out and I liked it!

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  7. Yes, nice job! WOW!

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    Comment by Roberta — September 1, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  8. I haven’t commented in quite a while but wanted you to know I’m still looking at all your posts. THis one is another great one, much different than your normal but I have enjoyed all the scenic and flower shots over the past coule of months. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    Comment by dave1949 — September 1, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    • Thanks Dave! I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying the photos. The wildflowers are about at the end of their season but the back country scenery is still there. I’m three trips behind on posting photos though. I’ll have to work on that. My biggest problem is trying to figure out which photos to post.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  9. I went out and looked at the Blue Moon last night. I thought about getting out the camera, but didn’t act on the thought. I’m glad you did.

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    Comment by jomegat — September 1, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    • Had I been at home I might well have missed it, but it was sure bright up where I was and just demanded attention.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

  10. What a wonderful experience that must have been, to camp under the full, blue moon. Great photo.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — September 1, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    • It was nice. The night was very clear and cool and the bright light of the moon dimmed the brightness of the stars. My camp was a simple one, just a tarp, a thin foam pad and a sleeping bag under the canopy of a fir tree. That needs to be done every once in awhile! Earlier that evening I had encountered a young guy who had been there the previous day scouting for elk. He told me there were lots of wolf tracks near a small lake a mile or so below the trail head and I stayed awake for quite some time hoping to hear them, especially with the moon so bright, but they were silent that night.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

      • it sounds absolutely wonderful, a bit primordial, even. Thanks for telling me about it.

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        Comment by Teresa Evangeline — September 2, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

  11. Did you wink at the moon, for Neil Armstrong? That was his wish – that we all wink at a full moon for him. It’s still full enough, I think. We had clouds too, so I had to put off my memorial wink until tonight!

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 1, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

  12. Wonderful – well done! I bet it was a magical atmosphere out there with that moon rising.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 1, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

  13. Excellent!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — September 2, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    • Thanks! I kicked myself a couple of times for not putting a tripod in the Jeep though.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  14. LOL! A halloween moon! I love it 🙂

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    Comment by zannyro — September 2, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    • Kind of got ahead of the season, but I’ve seen Halloween stuff in the stores already.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  15. Very cool!!! It does look like a Halloween Moon!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — September 2, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    • Thanks David! The experience of that clear, full moon slowing coming up over the ridge was really enjoyable.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

  16. What a very cool shot Terry! 🙂

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — September 2, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

  17. The “Blue Moon” was pretty orange for us, what with all the smoke in the skies lately. How did you get yours so blue?

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    Comment by Kim — September 3, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    • That night the air up there was very clear. The following day heavy smoke blew in there too.

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  18. You succeeded! We saw the blue moon the other night too. My pictures of it weren’t that great though, but that’s because I just have a point and shoot digital. I never can get the settings right for night photographs.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 3, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    • Night photos can be tricky and most of us don’t shoot much at night. I know I don’t. I have a lot of custom settings set in my Nikon and use spot metering. That way it acts a lot like a point and shoot and does pretty well with the moon and sunsets.

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 9:14 am

  19. That is spooky! That sounds so nice to camp like that. I’d probably be scared to do that but since you’re so familiar with your natural surroundings it must be nice to do it so simply and be right there in the midst of it all.

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    Comment by Candace — September 3, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    • I nearly always prefer simplicity and camping that way lets me focus on the forest, not myself.

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  20. I camp the same way down here. My wife thinks I’m nuts as I just find a relatively clear piece of ground next to the bayou and set up. I do use a tent because of the mosquito’s but otherwise it’s a spike camp. That picture was really neat, that tree top was perfect to combine with the moon. Special times!

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — September 3, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    • I’ll use a tent if the weather’s bad. Or sleep in the back of my truck. The moon shot wasn’t planned, just saw it coming up through the trees on the ridge. It’s a place I love and I’ll remember the night.

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  21. It’s a great shot! I love the story of your camping trip, too. I can see why you’d leave the tripod and big lens behind on a trip like that. You sure are making the most of the season!

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — September 3, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    • I will post photos of the trip when I get to it. (I’m now three trips behind.) It was a very long day, but when I reached my destination it was well worth it. I’m so glad that there is still wild country like that around!

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

  22. really great shot. I never get good ones of the moon w/ my camera. and what a souveneir of the blue moon!

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    Comment by skouba — September 5, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    • This was just a lucky chance. I usually don’t try to photograph the moon, but the circumstances were just right for this.

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      Comment by Montucky — September 10, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  23. Direct hit. I love it.

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 6, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  24. How awesome is that! Happy Halloween!

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 9, 2012 @ 5:21 pm


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