moonrise, full moon Mount St. Helens, Washington, earth's shadow

Winter moonrise

Highway 504 near Mount St. Helens, Washington

The best time to photograph the full moon is the day before the actual full moon.  On that evening a nearly full moon will rise while the setting sun is still shining on landscape.  All of the colors you see here are natural: the sun is casting a reddish-pink glow on the snow, and the moon is in the transition band of the earth's shadow. Photo © copyright by Stephen Penland.

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