Sonoran Desert Nights

April 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I drove out to Sonoran Desert National Monument and the surrounding areas one evening in late March. I reached the park just before sunset. Since I was in the middle of nowhere, I decided to wait around a bit a catch the stars. In the next two images, the areas of bright yellow were coming from these strange points of light that would burn for about 10 minutes each at various points in the sky.  It was quite eerie at the time but I found out later that they were experimental military flares from the nearby Yuma Proving Grounds. 

This one was taken from a truck stop off of !-8 just outside of Yuma.

A few weeks later was the blood moon eclipse.  Here is the moon just as the eclipse was beginning...

and the full eclipse with the Earth's shadow taking on a deep red hue on the moon.

Last but not least, I put together a progression of the eclipse into a composite image.  Each photo of the moon was taken approximately 20 minutes apart.


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