Yes, it’s that time of the month again–the full moon! But not just any full moon. No, this is the super-moon! Not only is the moon at perigee tonight, but it’s also Cinco de Mayo.
Seems like a recipe for disaster, but according to one article, there is no truth to the belief that crime and wild behavior increases with the full moon. I’m not so sure.
Another special aspect about tonight’s moonrise is the time. The moon will rise before the sun sets. This means there will still be light on the trees along the ridge top. I’m excited about the possibility of capturing the moon in this kind of lighting.
Pat and I had some logistical issues in our plan today. I volunteered at the Audubon Society’s visitor’s center most of the day and Pat worked. Tisen got to go to doggy daycare.
By the time Pat came home, it was 6:30PM. We wanted to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Taco Mamcito’s next door, so Pat jumped in the shower while I took Tisen for a walk. Then Tisen had to be fed and we had to wait for him to eat before we could leave (he won’t eat when I’m gone). By the time we were headed out the door, it was past 7:30PM.
While this may seem plenty early to begin a Cinco de Mayo celebration, the problem was that the moonrise was going to happen at 8:21PM and I didn’t want to miss it. By that, I mean I wanted to be set up on the roof of our building with my camera ready to start shooting by the time the super-moon appeared on the horizon.
We went next door quickly, but when we saw the crowd, we gave up all hope of getting food and just ordered margaritas. Fortunately, the margaritas were small because a margarita was probably the last thing I needed having still not eaten.
We drank our margaritas quickly as we huddled in a corner of the patio, trying not to crowd the people sitting next to us. At 8:15PM, we are racing out the back door to get me up to the roof on time.
I manage to grab my gear and Tisen and get set up on the roof before the first glimpse of the moon appears over the ridge. I am helped by the fact that it takes an extra 10 minutes for the moon to get from sea level to the top of the ridge.
I shoot and check focus and exposure and shoot some more. I don’t know what it is about this giant, orange moon rising over the ridge that I find so exciting, but I wish the moon would pause for a few minutes so I could get all the adjustments just right and perfectly capture it as it hangs as a glowing backdrop to the ridge. I never get tired of the moon.