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Wolf Moon above The Gate

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 31 January 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Saturday's Wolf Moon was on an arc that would see it setting beyond The Golden Gate - and I was chasing it with my camera and tripod. It had been raining much of the night and the moonlight was brilliant through the many broken clouds. I was excited.

Now living in Oakland - I had to cross The Bay Bridge before I would be able to drive across the northern part of San Francisco to get to the anticipated best viewing location. The moon was high above the Bay as I crossed the 'other' bridge. The light was dazzling and my excitement grew.

There was to be some slight disappointment. After pulling into the parking lot of The Saint Francis Yacht Club and setting the tripod - the moon was lost behind a wall of clouds. It would not reveal itself again this night. But it came close - as we see here. The bright moon light flooded the hole in the cloud and lit the waters below. But right after I made this capture - all of the moonlight vanished.

But it was beautiful - and the best was yet to come, more than an hour later - as we shall see - tomorrow.

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ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A gorgeous view...can't wait for tomorrow. best...jerry

31 Jan 2010 5:30am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

The blue night! Beautiful night image! Small lights halo image of magic!

31 Jan 2010 6:25am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

marvelous Golden Gate... magic shot !

31 Jan 2010 7:20am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

I like how the bridge is partly in those clouds... Cool light and colors, Stephen.

31 Jan 2010 7:38am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Where? :) Just kidding, it works.

Shot from Treasure Island?

31 Jan 2010 7:49am

@MontereyJohn: Hey, John - no to T.I., I was set at the Saint Francis Yacht Club - just east of Crissy Field.

jpdm from Pignans, France

so exciting to be at the right place on the right moment to catch THE pic, and you did it !! so wonderful, 5*

31 Jan 2010 7:56am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wonderful twilight, Stephen!

31 Jan 2010 10:18am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very beautiful, like the blue tonality who gives a fantastic mood to the scene.

31 Jan 2010 11:32am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I love those deep colors and the clouds obscuring the bridge - our moon was totally obscured by the snow we had last night......

31 Jan 2010 1:21pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

The Moon is such a tease! I am more drawn to the heavy atmosphere, I think the bridge and the fog would be a constant subject for me. Looking forward to see what tomorrow brings.

31 Jan 2010 2:25pm

David from Detroit, United States

The clouds add to the atmosphere. The colors are great.

31 Jan 2010 3:38pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Very beautiful shot, and I was going to say "don't ya hate when that happens"....but continued reading, and now look forward to tomorrow!!!!!

31 Jan 2010 3:56pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful light

31 Jan 2010 7:02pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

I never tire of seeing your stunning images of this majestic bridge, Stephen. Beautiful night shot, love the low lying clouds and the reddish tones.

1 Feb 2010 12:17am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Great blues.

1 Feb 2010 12:41am

Marcie from United States

WOW! I'm speechless. Absolutely gorgeous!!

1 Feb 2010 1:16am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Stunningly beautiful.

1 Feb 2010 4:21am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Great light ad a nice description of your photo safari !!

1 Feb 2010 11:12am

K.B.R from Switzerland

very nice, light and bridge !

1 Feb 2010 5:25pm

Cathy from Moon, VA, United States

Made me cry. Thanks for the memories, Steve!

4 Feb 2010 4:40am