We’re really close to another harvest moon.  With the warm days and thankfully smoke free skies, the nights have been exceptionally mild and remarkably clear (that is until the marine layer comes in).  When the moon comes up, remember the source that illuminates it is our sun. It’s amazing how many of us forget that.  For us photogs, it can make surreal images.  The stars’ shine is a little muted but everything is bathed in a warm glow.  It’s a real challenge to make the exposure work during a moonlit night.  But when it comes together, the results can be fantastic.

Tonight I managed not to trip and fall in to the Laguna de Santa Rosa.  Imagine trying to explain that to my boss.  Fortunately, the moon IS almost full and the trails were lit nicely.

Here are some warnings though:

-Rattlesnakes use their rattles at night.

-Mosquitos don’t sleep.

-Neither do ticks.

-Turkey vultures are easily stirred from their night perch, scaring the you know what out of a photographer.

-Same with deer.

-Fish jump at night, disturbing that long exposure, tree reflected in the water photo.

-Someone near the Laguna plays music really loud.

-Bats are crazy (not baseball bats).

-My wife thinks I’m crazy.

-Most likely.

Good night….

The Laguna de Santa Rosa under moonlight, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

The Laguna de Santa Rosa under moonlight, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

The Laguna de Santa Rosa under moonlight, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

The Laguna de Santa Rosa under moonlight, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

-Kent Porter