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Allegany by Moonlight

Administration Building At Night
The Administration Building.

You keep asking if my Owl season is over! The answer is No but . . . I have run into many reasons for needing to keep the station closed for the past two weeks. Which include fog, rain, high wind, snow, lake effect and tonight temps being around 20 degree F. If I was open this evening . . . . I would be battling the bright moon that is out (see photos). As much as I miss catching and banding these fluff balls . . . . their safety is our first priority. Maybe even with the bright moon tomorrow . . I can open some nets?? Till then I will be trying to get out to take some new pictures!

Red House Lake by moonlight
Red House Lake across from Admin Building.


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25 responses

  1. Marg

    Oh much as I love the first shot I really love the second moon shot-just gorgeous!

    I hope you do get to open again and that you catch some more (and an added bonus would be ME being there! LOL)

    23 November 2007 at 7:59 pm

  2. Hi Mon@rch,

    I discovered your blog last night after a family get-together. You are an exceptionally good photographer, and an excellent writer! I really like the reverence that you bring to your work as a naturalist. I’m a city gal just getting acquainted with nature. My powers of observation get stronger every time I go out.

    Keep up the great work, er play?

    23 November 2007 at 8:13 pm

  3. That second shot is beautiful (actually both are)! I tried getting a hot of the moon here, but it didn’t turn out so well. Glad you got it, though!

    23 November 2007 at 8:54 pm

  4. Is it my imagination, or does the moon actually shine much brighter in the fall and winter??
    Great photos, Mon@rch.

    23 November 2007 at 9:29 pm

  5. Lovely night photos

    23 November 2007 at 10:09 pm

  6. Both photos are great – the first is warm and the second is sort of dramatic and eerie. Lovely!

    Thanks, Tom! I can only hope to get night shots like you do.

    23 November 2007 at 10:09 pm

  7. @ Marg – thanks and glad you enjoyed these! I do too on both opening and you being their!
    @ Crayons – glad you found me and you have a stunning blog yourself! Thanks for such kind words! You are too nice!
    @ Rondi – thanks and I wasn’t sure which I liked better! Keep on trying and you will capture the moon!
    @ Ruthie – colder and clearer sky! Also, didn’t I read somewhere on someones blog talking about how close the moon is to the earth? Or was that the last full moon? Anyone know?
    @ Nick – thanks!
    @ Mary – thanks and just needed to capture them tonight! When you getting that new camera or have you gotten it already?

    23 November 2007 at 10:20 pm

  8. Beautiful shots, as always. Sorry to hear about the bad weather (particularly the lake effect–which I don’t think I’ll ever truly “miss.”) If it’s any consolation, I had to put a sweater on today. 😉 Looking forward to some owl pix!

    23 November 2007 at 10:37 pm

  9. NaturesPalette

    Wowzer! That is an awesome building! Can I ask, why can’t you capture them with a bright moon? (maybe a dumb question) You said it was for thier “safety”….why?

    thnx!

    23 November 2007 at 11:18 pm

  10. @ Lana – thanks and that’s exactly what we are getting now! Our temps never got above 30F today!
    @ NaturePalette – They can see the nets and they just don’t get caught! But that isn’t why I am not open! About 1/2 hour after taking these pictures it started snowing and just looked outside (still snowing)!! Safety reason for not banding them tonight wasn’t the snow we are getting but more the 22F temp that it currently is! I don’t feel comfortable banding with temps that low! They might be alright but it is better to be safe not banding when its this cold!

    23 November 2007 at 11:39 pm

  11. Brrr! I’m glad I live in California – our lows the past few days have been in the upper 30s – and that’s cold enough for me. Especially since our highs are around 68-70 degrees during the day. As usual, Tom, I love your photos. And like Mary, I would also like to get night-time shots like that.

    23 November 2007 at 11:51 pm

  12. that is so beautiful tom! great picture. lovely… moon over lake. ~nita~

    24 November 2007 at 12:01 am

  13. I can almost feel the chilly air in the photo of Red House Lake. Great work.

    24 November 2007 at 1:36 am

  14. What a beautiful, cold night! Brrrrr! I love your photos Tom! It’s nice to see the stars, too!

    24 November 2007 at 8:12 am

  15. That moon photo is simply breathtaking!

    24 November 2007 at 8:22 am

  16. Beautiful! Now get a layer of snow and retake the first and it will be awesome. 😉

    24 November 2007 at 8:56 am

  17. @ Mary – ugg, isn’t that cold for California? Those highs are our summer highs! LOL Thanks and tripod is helpful!
    @ Nita – thanks and both are faves for different reasons!
    @ Marvin – It was cold for sure!
    @ Pam – thanks and I loved capturing the stars also!
    @ threecollie – thanks and isn’t it amazing how much light you can get from the moon?
    @ Toni – I was wondering the same thing! Will try when the conditions are perfect! Maybe I can do this for Christmas?

    24 November 2007 at 10:51 am

  18. Great photos, Tom! And yes, lows in the 30s is about as cold as it usually gets in coastal California (much colder in the Sierra Nevada mountains, naturally).

    24 November 2007 at 1:02 pm

  19. I was out with a tripod trying to get shots of the same full moon. But I didn’t have the gorgeous landscape you have captured so well!

    24 November 2007 at 1:50 pm

  20. Those are just amazing pictures!

    24 November 2007 at 6:04 pm

  21. @ adam – thanks and we were in the teens last night for a low! Isn’t even winter yet!
    @ Ruth – Must have a tripod!! If you look close you can even see the stars moved a little! Helps visiting a great park like this! Thanks
    @ Erie – thanks and was happy with final product! Although I did like another one of the admin building with smoke coming out of the chimney! But was using high iso that didn’t turn out as good!

    24 November 2007 at 7:21 pm

  22. Tom, no new camera yet. I’m still browsing but it’s very confusing. I know what I want my camera to do but I need to find someone in the area to guide me.

    25 November 2007 at 12:11 am

  23. Marg

    Tom everything is so different here-it looks great btw!

    Weather’s not looking good is it?

    25 November 2007 at 9:39 am

  24. @ Mary – sorry to hear and feel free to ask if you have any questions! I bet many of our bloggers would help give you info!
    @ Marg – giving tonight a try for a few hours! Will see if I catch anything! It’s getting close to wrap everything up for the season!

    25 November 2007 at 5:41 pm

  25. Nice night photos!I wasn’t sure if that was the sun or the moon at first.-Sure is bright.

    28 November 2007 at 6:07 pm

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