Once in a blue moon? The December moon is captured here just before slipping below a snowy ridge in Southwestern Oregon’s rugged coastal range. I was exploring logging trails and was hiking back to the truck after seeing large fresh bear tracks, when I happened to look up and notice the moon just before it disappeared behind the tree-lined ridge. I snapped the photo after a quick look behind me and without taking much time to change lenses or adjust camera settings. I was pleased at the simple elegance of the image even if due largely to luck. Nikon D700 with Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0 lens at 500mm. f/13.0, 1/640th, ISO800, spot-metered.


snow, trees, mountains, moon, oregon


  • Corina Daniela Obertas
    Corina Daniela...over 5 years ago

    An absolutely magnificent image Randy!

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    this is brilliantly captured! well done and great description too! (you could put it in the image writing group too!)

  • linda858100
    linda858100over 5 years ago


  • loiteke
    loitekeover 5 years ago

    So well done

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Randy. The clarity of the moon and the crispness of the whole image is outstanding. But then…you have such great success with capturing the moon that this image is no surprise to me. Well done my dear. Cheers, S.

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful shot, Randall

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