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Red Moon

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The early morning moon captured over the Gulf of Mexico, off the shores of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Local residents spoke of seeing the "red moon" the morning after my arrival. I was up at 5:30 AM the next day hoping to capture the moon, realizing it wouldn't come to fruition until 7:05 AM, as seen here. After telling others what was spotted, it was not to be seen again. The moon the following morning at 7:00 AM was no where near the shade of red it was the morning before.

The darker "rectangle" seen in the lower frame of this photo is actually the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. And the horizontal red line seen under the moon is what remained of the moon's reflection off the gulf's water. It was odd to see the moon's reflection disappear as it set toward the horizon rather than see the reflection extend itself over the gulf's water.

Captured March 19, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/50 second F/22.0 ISO 100 900 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

How cool is that, to be there to capture such an unusual moment? Fantastic shot, oh - and glad you are back! Hope you had a good break.

5 Apr 2011 5:24am

@MissT: Had a great time until the last day when I had a terrible "break".....literally. And it involved my camera.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Awesome capture!

5 Apr 2011 5:54am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Can sure understand the mass panic of old times !

5 Apr 2011 6:17am

Florence from Paris, France

Unbelievable ! Really... real ?

5 Apr 2011 7:17am

@Florence: Really real. :-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

awesome shot!
fantastic red!

5 Apr 2011 7:45am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

really great capture from a special moment! superb!

5 Apr 2011 8:15am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very unusual Steve, worth getting out of bed for!

5 Apr 2011 8:26am

tataray from france, France

Incroyable... Mais superbe.

5 Apr 2011 9:51am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Belle lune rousse

5 Apr 2011 11:11am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Absolutely beautiful, Steven and welcom back - I hope you had a great time - somethow I think you probably did. I think you missed atb least 3 nasty storms;-) This image is fantastic and I'll bet you are glad you caught this...wow, I have never seen this before - a Red Moon! Amazing capture. I believe it was that very night, 3/19/2011 that my wife and I drove out to shoot the Supernoon as it was termed up here...I got a shot or two but it was quite dark by the time I got there and got set up..I will be posting mine day after tomorrow...it has a few "additions" to the appearance.Great job here and, again, welcome home ;-0

5 Apr 2011 12:09pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Indeed it was the day of the Super Moon, but it was the morning of. And that evening brought an incredibly bright moon.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super .. Super :))) Real red or what ?

5 Apr 2011 1:46pm

@MARIANA: Yes, real red. :-)

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States


5 Apr 2011 1:50pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


5 Apr 2011 9:33pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! That is a great shot! Glad you are back!

6 Apr 2011 12:15am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Oh Wow!

6 Apr 2011 1:43am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Great colours and texture...

6 Apr 2011 3:59am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I see a bad moon arisin'
I see troubles on the way

6 Apr 2011 4:21am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Strange but, very beautiful. A great shot for sure!

6 Apr 2011 4:46am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom


6 Apr 2011 7:31am

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

It's awesome... Wonderful !!

14 Apr 2011 7:56pm

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