Wordless Wednesday ~ 8 April 2015

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Nevada at 75 mph ~ from Reno to Las Vegas

My sister and I, along with her two kiddos, hopped into a rented Ford Fiesta last Thursday and headed to Las Vegas to see our dad.

Reno, Fernley, Fallon, Schurz, Hawthorne, Mina/Luning, Tonapah, Goldfield, Beatty, Indian Springs, Las Vegas…mostly at 75-80 mph. With a few “I have to use that sagebrush! NOW!” stops.

I started taking photographs at Walker Lake. Hold onto your seat and wipe the bugs off your teeth. When you see the fuzzy dark spots…those ARE bugs as I shot through the windshield.

Will post pics on the way back from Las Vegas in another post.

Walker Lake.

Walker Lake.


Walker Lake…very low water level.

Walker Lake…very low water level.


Hawthorne Army Depot

Hawthorne Army Depot


Boundary Peak.

Boundary Peak.


Boundary Peak.

Boundary Peak.


Somewhere before Tonapah.

Somewhere before Tonapah.


Area with a cell tower to the right where we all grabbed our phones.

Area with a cell tower to the right where we all grabbed our phones.


Mountain range after mountain range after mountain range…you know you're in Nevada when.  LOL!

Mountain range after mountain range after mountain range…you know you’re in Nevada when. LOL!


Driving into Goldfield NOT AT 75 MPH!  Haunted Goldfield Hotel to the right.

Driving into Goldfield NOT AT 75 MPH! Haunted Goldfield Hotel to the right.


Goldfield Court House.

Goldfield Court House.


Joshua Trees.

Joshua Trees.


More Joshua Trees keeping guard.

More Joshua Trees keeping guard.


Twilight in Southern Nevada.

Twilight in Southern Nevada.


Sun setting.

Sun setting.


Full moon rising!  This was a sagebrush stop and shot the moon.

Full moon rising! This was a sagebrush stop and shoot the moon.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Last Night’s Moon

Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Panasonic Lumix FZ150


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11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.


11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

The Moon and Sun ~ Reno, Nevada

We had a beautiful sunrise this morning…if it wasn’t for the fact that I did a huge backwards stretch in my chair I wouldn’t have seen it. LOL! Grabbed my camera and ran outside, setting off the door alarm (before 7 am and the doors were still locked) as I did. Sheesh.

The moon and Mars this morning…taken on the way into work.

Then the moon yesterday morning, also right before entering my work building.

I’m getting better at shooting the moon ~ 1 Feb 2012

LOL!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the wonderful photographers over on Facebook’s EarthSky group for guiding me on what settings to try. You are the BEST!

Last night, around 18:08, I gave the manual settings ISO 400, 1/1000, F5.6 a try on my Panasonic Lumix FZ150 and this is what I got:

***Note*** No tripod yet (hopefully it will come today or tomorrow); hand held; no cropping; I did run it through PhotoShop’s Cooling Filter (80). Does my camera have a great zoom or what?! 🙂

Click on image for a closer view.

Venus & Moon ~ 25 January 2012 ~ Evening Sky over Reno, NV

I saw on EarthSky that there would be a great pairing of the moon and Venus so I took my camera out to the backyard yesterday evening…and promptly decided my tripod, that I’ve had for 25+ years, needs to be upgraded. LOL! I tried though and here are a few shots using my Panasonic FZ150.

PLEASE CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR CLOSER VIEW! 🙂

To set things up…a picture of STAR WALK app on my iPad.

Da Moon ~ around 5 pm using just the auto setting on my camera and hand held.

This one around 7-ish pm.

UPDATE: From EARTHSKY today:

When you look at a crescent moon shortly after sunset or before sunrise, you can sometimes see not only the bright crescent of the moon, but also the rest of the moon as a dark disc. That pale glow on the unlit part of a crescent moon is light reflected from Earth. It’s called “earthshine.”

🙂 That’s what I caught in this photograph!