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Friday, May 10, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: Sunrises to Moonsets

My sky photos vastly outnumber our Fridays (clearly indicating our need for fewer Mondays and more Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!), so for your SkyWatching pleasure, here's a gathering of suns and moons rising and setting, taken over the course of a month earlier this spring...

Sunrise on April 26

Sunrise on April 29

Sunset to the northwest on April 5

Sunset over the elementary school across the street on April 27

Same sunset, wide angle view

April's Full Moon, called the "Pink Moon" after the color of the wild phlox 
that's one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring, rising on April 25 

A notch in the Big Horns gently cradled the Full Moon as she set on March 28

And since it was just three days before Easter, I had a little fun with it :-) ...


Have a little fun yourself ~ visit some of the loveliest skies in the world at

29 comments:

  1. just a beautiful, beautiful set!

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  2. Absolutely stunning! The sky is nature's television! ;)

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    1. Even better than that - no annoying commercials and the programs are always interesting and/or beautiful! Also, no Kardashians. LOL

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  3. Very beautiful photos for SWF!Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Steffi, I'm glad you enjoyed them! You have a great weekend too!

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  4. Wonderful Pictures,...hav a nice Weekend!
    Greetings

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  5. Beautiful captures. Love the moon shots. Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

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    1. Thank you ~ I love the moon photos as well, especially the one of the moon sitting in the "cup." :-)

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  6. Great photos, especially those of the moon.

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    1. I really like the moon shots too, I don't get to take as many of those.

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  7. As usual, the sunrises and sunsets were so beautiful but I struggle for something new to say about them so I really appreciate the easter egg moon. Now that's something fun to talk about. Where oh where do you come up with these clever ideas. That was really clever and cute and perfect for a Friday afternoon pick me up!

    I really liked the April Full moon picture that you called the pink moon. That was taken on Michelle's birthday. I wonder if she knew she had such a pretty moon for her birthday.

    Have a great weekend. And I ditto on the more Friday, Sat, and Sundays and fewer Mondays!!

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    1. I know, I'm beginning to struggle for something new to say about them, or a new way to present them! Dime a dozen around here, these beautiful sunrises and sunsets! :-) I'm glad you got a kick out of my "Easter egg" moon. "Painting" it was fun!

      I know that was Michelle's birthday, and wondered at the time if she knew or cared that she not only shared it with a Pink Moon, but also with a lunar eclipse! That moon was a deep, dark red when it first rose. By the time I got my camera out, it had already changed to the color you see in this photo. With the black clouds scudding across it, it was rather spooky and looked like it really should have auditioned to be a Halloween moon! :-)

      Indeed, who among us wouldn't go for that revised weekday schedule?

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  8. very nice pictures and a funny easter sun !

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  9. As always, very lovely and inspiring photos....and so well done. But know I know that your school is to the west of you, while ours is to the east.

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    1. Thank you, Spudmeister! As for your brilliant deduction about the cardinal direction of our school... "Elementary, my dear Watson!" (Sorry, couldn't resist... LOL)

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  10. Just unbelievable how many gorgeous skies you get! I especially love the moon photos and laughed when I saw the Easter egg one. ha! :)

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    1. I know, we're greedy out here, I think we hog most of the pretty ones. And even then some of us aren't content if the Full moon isn't dyed like a (vegan) Easter egg! LOL!

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  11. Incredible shots, especially the moon sitting atop the mountain like a cherry on an ice cream sunday!!

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    1. Thank you! (Or perhaps more like a cherry sitting atop a snow cone!) :-)

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  12. What an amazingly gorgeous series of shots!

    The last one made me giggle...

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    1. Thank you ~ though really all I ever have to do is point and shoot, Mother Nature's the one doing all the hard work with the paintbrush. :-) Though I do take some credit for that last shot, so I'm glad it made you giggle! :-)

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  13. I love the cradled moon - and at the end of the day, some of the best things in life are chocolate so that was a truly appropriate addition to the stunning photo.
    Yay for dawns, dusk and the moon. And a yay for your captures, and your generosity in sharing.

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    1. You'd think that with all the various names there are for Full Moons, there isn't one called "Chocolate Moon" or even "Candy Moon." So I made one for us - glad you appreciated it! :-)

      Meanwhile, we can enjoy June's upcoming "Strawberry Moon" along with the wonderful kd lang singing "Sugar Moon!" :-)

      Yay for you and your heart-warming comments, Ellie C - sharing these photos is always my pleasure!

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  14. Lovely shades of orange and pink.

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  15. I need to get up (and out!) earlier.

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    1. Or you can just keep visiting my blog, at least on most Fridays. :-) Hey, at least you get to enjoy some moon rises, right?

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