The full moon was just a few nights ago. To commemorate this exceedingly rare event, Ethel and I made a nighttime assault on Mt. Rose. Here's how it went:
1:45 am: wake up after 2.5 hours of sleep.
2:02 am: depart house.
2:29 am: arrive Mt. Rose summit parking lot ;)
2:35 am: start hiking; headlamps only necessary when we're deep in the trees.
4:35 am: light starts to change in east.
4:40 am: reach summit.
4:40-6:30 am: watch amazing displays of light and color as the sun rises and the moon sets. Of particular interest is that the highest mountain range visible to the west was actually the shadow from the sun of Mt. Rose and nearby mountains in the Eastern Sierras being projected onto the haze and smoke far to the west.
6:40 am: pass out on summit.
8:05 am: awake on summit to Ethel giggling after taking pictures of a chipmunk eating food off
8:10 am: leave summit before anyone else shows up.
9:50 am: back at car.
And here are some pictures. We'll start to the east and finish to the west.
The veil of night beginning to lift away from the horizon
Dawn has not yet reached Reno
Lightening more to the east
Many miles of new light
The moon's not got much time left in the dark
Moon behind the summit rocks
Moon chasing the shadows but losing
Quick edit: pics from Ethel!
Workin' it. Or something.
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