The best time to really look at the moon is when it is partially lit. Through a telescope or even binoculars. It’s much easier to see the layers of the surface. The place to look is at the median where the night and day meet. Here you can see the shadows cast by the craters against the moon floor. You then begin to realize all of those small Swiss Cheese like images are mountains and valleys created by asteroids over time.
I have had several comments on this shot. A lot of people see two hands reaching out to each other. I didn’t notice that originally but I definitely see it now. This shot was taken just minutes after moonrise. The picture below was about 15 minutes after moonrise. I had someone ask me why the color of the moon is so orange when it first comes up only to turn white as it gets higher in the sky. When you are looking at the moon as it first rises you are looking through layers of atmospheric conditions. Such as dust, air pollutions and smoke. These conditions absorb the blue light and transmit the red As the moon rises those elements have dissipated and you see the true color. You can see how within just minutes the color changes.
This is a native wildflower. This one happens to live at my house. I have lots of native wildflowers as well as shrubs and trees. They are easy to grow as they have had hundreds of years to acclimate to our crazy weather. In the Spring when this plant comes out of the ground for several weeks it looks like a Dragon. I guess I should have taken a picture of it then for its namesake. I thought I had but can’t find it. Next Spring it’s on my to do list.
It’s that time of the summer when Ironweed makes its appearance. You can’t miss it if your looking. It can grow seven feet plus tall. I am not sure why it is named Ironweed. I have just assumed that it’s namesake comes from how tough the plant is. It loves the heat and doesn’t appear to be affected by the lack of rain. However it definitely doesn’t look like a weed this time of the year.