A couple weeks back, I mentioned I’d gone searching through my folders looking for pictures I’d taken of the moon during daylight hours, to switch things up a bit from my usual full moon posts, but I couldn’t find them. Still haven’t, as a matter of fact, but for today’s Moon Monday I have some new shots of the Waxing Gibbous Moon on April 22nd, 2021 I managed to grab over the course of the late afternoon/night last Thursday. I also took a short video (about 20 seconds long) that I converted to a gif to show how quickly the clouds were moving across La Luna’s face when I first started snapping.
What is a Waxing Gibbous Moon, you might ask? Here’s a quick blurb from the website Moon Giant
Moon Phase on: April 22, 2021
On this day the Moon was in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts about 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon rises in the east in mid-afternoon and is high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible through most of the night sky setting a few hours before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.
Speaking of the moon, I’m hoping to get out again tonight to get some captures of the Full Pink Super Moon to share for next week’s Moon Monday – fingers crossed the weather cooperates!
And my usual spiel before I get to the pictures – I’ve reduced the file size, and in some cases tweaked the exposure and/or sharpness a bit, but I haven’t filtered most of these, other than the instances where I mention I’ve dome some extra work to them. For the most part, the difference in the color of the moon (and sometimes the clouds around it) comes from zooming in and out, and bumping the exposure up and down, not from tinting it. It still amazes (and frustrates…lol) me that what I see in the sky isn’t always what turns up on my camera. These were taken with my my Nikon affixed to my tripod), in my Durham New Hampshire yard.
Okay, now on to the photos!
The Waxing Gibbous Moon on April 22nd, 2021
Actually, a little bit of scene setting before I get started. Around 4:30pm I was outside with our dog, and because I’m trying to get better about taking my camera out with me, I had it hanging over my shoulder like a purse – Sandy (our Jack Chi) is a rescue and doesn’t take kindly to things like tripods being carried near him, so I left it inside. I was standing at the edge of the yard while he was sniffing ALL THE THINGS and I happened to look up and notice the moon was already up in the sky…
Hope you enjoyed these shots of the Waxing Gibbous Moon on April 22nd, 2021!
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