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SkyWatch at Mountain Zebra National Park South Africa

Mt Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

The morning sky was as exiting to watch as the wildlife at Mountain Zebra National Park in South Africa.

Mountain Zebra at Mountain Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

The zebras take on a golden glow.

Springboks Mountain Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

Springboks munch away the morning.

Kudu Mountain Zebra National Park Eastern Cape South Africa

Kudu wander off to do what kudu do.

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SWF-Camdeboo National Park sunset in South Africa

We rushed up to the overlook for a highly recommended Camdeboo National Park sunset over the Valley of Desolation but had to be out of the gate before it barely began.

Sunset over Valley of Desolation Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Such a shame we couldn’t have watched more of the sunset from the overlook.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Because it was glorious.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

But that didn’t stop me from shooting as Joan drove back down towards camp.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Even made a few stops along the way.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

And made it out the gate just in time.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Still enjoying the colors.

Sunset and moon Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Then the crescent moon showed to say goodnight.

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SWF–Rise of the full moon over Grand Canyon

Last week marked the rise of the full moon and the first Supermoon of the year.  I knew just where I wanted to go for photos of the moon rise over Grand Canyon.

View from Cape Royal trail NR GRCA NP AZ

So I got an nice early start and drove out to Cape Royal.  The sky was a typical Arizona blue when I first arrived.

View from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

I set up the tripod and focused in on the spot where the moon would rise.  Even brought a compass along.

View from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Played with the camera settings a bit.

Wotans Throne from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Plus took a moment to capture the brilliant light reflecting off Wotans Throne.

Full moon rise over Cedar Mt from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Moonrise was to occur at 7:15pm, and I was ready.  But had to wait a few minutes more because of the height of Cedar Mountain.

Full moon over Cedar Mt from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

I wasn’t disappointed when that golden moon shone down.

Sunset from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

And the bonus was a colorful sunset as well.

Full moon from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

That big full moon smiled down on me.

Moon shadows at Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

And was so bright as to cast almost daylight shadows.

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Sky Watch over Atlantic Ocean from plane

Whenever I fly I try to get a window seat.  May be crazy considering I usually opt to fly at night and sleep as much as possible.  But if there’s a view I like to take photos.  This wasn’t so easy with the first leg of my journey on a red-eye from Phoenix to New York.

Sky Watch over NY City from plane

But leaving JFK in the late afternoon provided some excellent views of what I believe is New York City.

Sky Watch over East coast from plane

Never explored there so can’t be 100% sure.  Please let me know if you’re familiar with the area.

Sky Watch sunrise over Africa

After a late dinner it was lights out and the darkness outside was palpable.  Yet morning finally came somewhere over Africa.

Sky Watch from plane over SA

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