Moonrise Sunset Santa Clara County

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We had some cloud cover last night and I thought it might be a good night to head up to my tree for Sunset as it promised to be a colorful one, and the Moon was rising there too!

Moonrise from the Lonely Tree

It was a Waxing Gibbous 98.7% Moon last night. I wasn’t the only one heading up the Steep Hill for Sunset last night. I had to wait for a group of teenagers to get their shots in front of the tree before taking making this image.  🙂  Tonight is the Full Moon but it’s so overcast I probably won’t see it.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f2.8@ f16| ISO 100| Tripod

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Sunset between storms

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Sunset Santa Clara Valley

I had just a few minutes to get up to my tree to capture the end of the day. I just made it! Not too much color, but the light was pretty, and the clouds moving in bringing rain tonight added to the drama.

My tree is growing up! It’s getting fuller and our hills and mountains are green again.
In Santa Clara County we’re 190% above our average for rain fall, but we still have a long way to go before we’re out of the drought. We need 6 more storms like the one we just had to get out of it the Meteorologists say. I hope we get that! Either way I’m already looking forward to Spring flowers. 🙂

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f/2.8| Tripod

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Daybreak in Santa Clara Valley

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Daybreak Santa Clara Valley

I woke up wide awake just before 4AM and before I could talk myself out of a morning “stretch my legs” hike I got up, dressed, ate, and left the house and headed to my lonely tree on the “Steep Hill” overlooking Santa Clara Valley.

Once I got to the top of the hill I set up my camera and took a few images of Blue Period and the little bit of color that was in the sky looking East, and then I heard to my right an Owl Hooting its morning greeting. It wasn’t too long after that the Blue Jays, and Sparrows started their morning songs, and two ladies came up over the top of the hill stretching their legs too with an early morning hike. We chatted a few minutes then they continued up the hill.

I waited for the Sun to crest the Diablo Mountain Range, but just before it did and during the Sun’s rise the colors grew in intensity, and splendor.  All the while the Owl and birds continued their morning salutations. It was glorious!
Just a few minutes after this the colors began to fade so, I packed up my gear and hiked up to the tippy top of the hill then headed home for another cup-a-tea.

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 24mm @f16| 1/30s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod

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