I try to watch the calendar to catch the full moon at moon-rise and fall. I’ve learned that the moon sets in Fort Collins in the early morning hours, and that if I’m lucky, I can catch the moon setting behind Horsetooth Rock, the dominant feature to our west that overlooks our fair city. In late December, I was up early and caught the attached image of the moon silhouetting Horsetooth Rock.
I love this shot because I was able to do a couple of tricky things. First, my shutter speed at 1/500 of a second was fast enough to keep the moon from being a blur (it’s hard to remember that the moon is always moving!), and second, you can really see that this is the moon, and not a bright, featureless white spot. My only disappointment is that Horsetooth Rock is hard to recognize, but for those of us who know and love the formation, the clefts in the rock are unmistakable! Hope you enjoy.